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  • Survival, a YA Paranormal Romance (The Guardians of Vesturon Series, Book #1) on Feb. 22, 2012

    (I was given this book for free on a read-to-review basis) Maddie has led a difficult life. Her mother was killed in a road traffic accident when she was 11, and then in her senior year of high school her father had a heart attack and died. Left all alone with no other family, Maddie has done her best to keep going, and has now started at university. Worse is to come though when Maddie decides to go camping over Christmas because she used to go camping with her dad all the time. Hiking in the mountains on christmas day, she doesn't notice the strange man coming towards her until they are right on top of each other. Maddie knows that something is wrong, and her fears are confirmed when the man then attacks her, cutting her and drugging her. Waking up the next morning in a cabin, Maddie takes the only opportunity she has to escape, and makes a run for it. The man soon catches up with her though, and shoots her with a crossbow. Hit twice, Maddie stumbles over a ledge and sustains a 30 feet fall, leaving her with a broken back and dying. Maddie’s dead mother appears to her and tells her to hold on, help is coming. Maddie assumes that she is hallucinating, but then a short time later hears voices, and people telling her that they have to move her. Waking sometime later she is in a cave being cared for, and meets a man who the people refer to as ‘the guardian’. He instantly calms her, and even in the midst of her pain and confusion she recognises him to be the most beautiful man she has ever seen. Over the weeks they talk and bond, and Maddie knows that she has fallen in love with him. One day, the guardian – or Rayn, tells her that he must leave her and disappears, leaving Maddie broken hearted. Sometime after this she finds herself in a regular hospital, having no memory of` her time after the fall, and no idea what has happened in the intervening weeks. She is treated for her injuries, but remains paralysed from the waist down due to her severed spinal cord. Maddie begins to get her life back on track, but begins having dreams of Rayn, although she doesn’t know who or what he is. One night Rayn comes to her house and offers to take her away somewhere where she can be healed, but she can then never return to her life. Maddie turns him down. The story then changes to Rayns perspective, and we find out what he really is – he’s an alien, and along with his brothers, they look after the spirit people – the people who cared for Maddie in the cave, and help people who sustain injuries on the mountain. Rayn instantly recognises Maddie as his mate from the first time he sees her, but knows that his father would never allow him to have a relationship with a human, so for her own good he has her moved to the hospital, even though he can’t stop thinking about her. (This is a repeated telling of how Maddie ends up in the hospital, but from Rayns perspective). Rayn then goes to The Devine Being (his God) for advice, who tells him that Maddie is his destiny. Rayn begins to visit Maddie every night while she sleeps, and realises that she is having the same dreams as he has, and so tells his brother that he believes she is his mate, and wants to take her back to their home planet to be healed. His brother tells him he is stupid and will be imprisoned. When Rayn asks Maddie to go with him and she refuses he is devastated. But even though he said he’d only ask her once, then leave her alone, he decides he must ask her again. The second time he asks, Maddie has made a complete u-turn and says that she will go with him because she loves him. They quickly teleport to Rayns home planet, fix up maddie’s injuries in a matter of minutes, then return to earth just as quickly. Rayns siblings go nuts when they realise what he has done. There is a covenant in place that prevents any humans from going to the other planet because they are more technologically advanced and wouldn’t want to change Earth’s history in any way. Rayn is also the Great Ruler’s (King’s) first born, and next in line to rule. When his father finds out what he has done, he will not only forfeit his birth right, but will probably be imprisoned. When Maddie hears what Rayn has done to help her, she actually has the nerve to give him a telling off! (Which I thought was quite rude!) and when they eventually kiss, Rayn tells her that he can’t have sex with her before they are married (remind you of anyone?). I really struggled with this book. I hate to say it but it bored me a bit. I ended up speed reading from about 20% in, right the way to the end because I really couldn’t maintain my motivation to keep reading. Maddie and Rayn were supposedly in love, but there was very little ‘falling’ in love, or even loving behaviour from either of them. They just suddenly loved each other, and after Maddie had been healed they just seemed to start arguing, I’m not even sure if she said ‘thanks’! Also, after everything that Rayn had done for her, when he asks her to marry him, she says ‘can’t we date first?’ The man has given up everything for her and she can’t even say yes? Even more annoying though was the fact that instantly after Maddie’s spinal cord was refused she was up and walking about. After months of paralysis and disuse her muscles would have been far too weak for her to even stand up unaided, never mind walking! Rayn also decided to take her camping about an hour after her recovery as well which I thought was a little odd. After falling off of a mountain and ending up paralysed I wouldn’t have thought that the first thing Maddie would want to do would to be camping on a mountain! Some of the things that Maddie said were annoying too, mainly in their repetition, she just kept saying ‘shut up!’ as an exclamation of astonishment, which Rayn didn’t understand, and kept asking him if she had been smoking crack! She was also annoyingly accident prone. The good old alien utilities also came out to play, with teleporters, scanners, and annihilators! To be honest I really didn’t feel the connection between Maddie and Rayn. They seemed to just ‘know’ that they were meant to be together, but I really didn’t feel any love between them at all. If it had been a film, I would have thought that they were bad actors, that’s the sort of relationship they had. Even when they were trying to refrain from having sex, it was more lust than love. Overall I was really disappointed with this book cause I really wanted to like it! I’m glad that other people enjoyed this book, but it just didn’t do it for me. The fact that the story ends with a cliff-hanger didn’t endear it to me either, as now if I want to know what happens I have to read the next book too! 2 out of 5. Sorry, A.M. Hargrove.:( (Book length: 4794 kindle locations)
  • Angel Evolution on March 06, 2012

    (I was given this book for free by the author on a read-to-review basis) Taylor is just starting at university with her best friend Sam, and is desperately searching for a sign that this is where she belongs. All her life she has had nightmares about a black snake with red eyes, and in order to show that she is brave and overcomes her fears, she has had the snake tattooed on her shoulder. In a recent dream involving the snake she is approached by two figures – one light and one dark, one who gives her water to drink, and the other who pours sand down her throat – trouble is she can’t remember which figure did which thing! Gabriel is an angel. He’s been sent on a mission by the angel council – to locate Taylor, and bring her in. Taylor is ‘the one’, a human with an exceptionally large aura; one that the angels can harness to destroy the demons that they are fighting against. Only trouble is that the angels are not necessarily the good guys here, they plan to destroy the demons, enslave humankind, and basically take over the world. Gabriel has never failed on a mission before, but this time things aren’t going his way as he realises that maybe he actually likes Taylor, or unfortunately, maybe he’s falling in love with her. Torn between completing his mission and protecting Taylor, Gabriel speaks with the council and buys them some time to come up with a plan, but when the demons find out what is going on, that time is quickly up, and Gabriel must find a way to save Taylor, as if he allows the angels to harness her energy, she may well die. I quite liked this book, but there were some parts that were good, and some parts that were annoying as with anything! I liked the idea that the angels weren’t necessarily the good guys, and the demons weren’t necessarily evil, and I liked the interaction between the group of friends – Taylor, her best friend Sam, Gabriel (angel), and Chris (demon). I didn’t really feel that Gabriel had fallen in love with Taylor – it seemed to happen quite suddenly, but Taylor seemed pretty convinced. I also didn’t like how the book suddenly jumped forward two months – this was probably unnecessary. Overall though this was an enjoyable read, and I am interested to find out what happens next. Thanks David for an enjoyable read. 7 out of 10.
  • Illicit Magic (Book 1, Stella Mayweather Series) on March 25, 2012
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    (I was given this book for free on a read-to-review basis.) Stella is 24 and has had a difficult life. She ended up in foster care at the age of 5, can remember very little of her life before then, and has also had to live with unexplainable occurrences which have in the past had people labelling her a witch. On leaving work one night she realises that she is being followed, and tries to escape her pursuers. Narrowly avoiding them she makes it home, only to be harassed by a woman called Etoile, who randomly turns up at her door and demands to be let in. After ‘shimmering’ (like teleporting) her way into Stella’s apartment, Etoile explains how a group who call themselves ‘the brotherhood’ are chasing down women all over Europe who they believe to be witches and burning them at the stake. Etoile takes Stella and they catch a plane to America where she meets with a witch’s council, and is moved to a safe house where she will be able to learn about magic and how to use it, because Stella’s parents were witches, which means that that the magic is in her blood. I quite liked this book. I found it a little difficult in the beginning – I just didn’t find that it held my attention very well at all. This improved at just over half-way through with the introduction of a sexy love interest, and the mystery surrounding him. The ending was okay. It was a little odd that the main threat wasn’t what was really after Stella at the end, but I suppose this left the way open for the second book. I will say though that I am getting a bit fed up of all these books which leave a partial cliff-hanger ending. I hate not knowing how a story ends! Overall, an enjoyable read, and I would consider reading the sequel. 7 out of 10.
  • Two Halves on May 11, 2012

    (I was given this book for free on a read-to-review basis.) Sarah is half-human, half-vampire. She hates her vampire side, and takes serums to hide her vampire qualities. She’s also been searching for a serum that will turn her 100% human. William is also half-human, half vampire, and is Sarah’s other half – they can’t live without each other. Sarah and William meet and are on the run from ‘seekers’ – demons who want to kill them, as there is some kind of prophecy about Sarah and William ending the war between the vampires and demons in the underworld. I really struggled with this book. It was slow, I didn’t find it interesting, and it really didn’t hold my attention, which was disappointing as I thought blurb sounded so good. I forced myself to keep reading just because I hate not knowing how a book ends, but I kept having to put it down for lack of motivation, and ended up skim-reading the majority of the book. I think one of the main problems was the amount of information constantly being presented which was just information overload for me. I was a bit confused in places – the characters are driving a hummer, then they take a plane to Brazil, and then the hummer is waiting for them when they land. How did that happen? There was also a bit of an ‘as if!’ moment when the main characters took the hummer on a raft, which was just ridiculous. Overall; I’m glad that other people have enjoyed this book, but it just didn’t do it for me. 2 out of 10. (Book length: 6279 kindle locations)
  • Justice (Deck of Lies #1) on July 18, 2012

    (Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free from the author on a read-to-review basis.) OMG! I really don’t know where to start with this book, but man, is ‘Deck of Lies’ an apt title for this series! If you’ve read the blurb (above), you’ll notice that it is very cryptic and doesn’t give much away, so I didn’t really know what to expect when I started reading this book, and let me tell you, I was very pleasantly surprised! I don’t want to give too much away, because it is the mystery that makes this book such a captivating read, but I will tell you a little bit – because if you have an idea what this book is about you will be rushing to download a copy too  16-year-old Rain Ramey lives with her parents and older brother. She’s starting at the prestigious ‘Sloan Academy’ having won a scholarship, and she knows that things will be very different for her starting at a new school where nobody knows her. What Rain could never have guessed, was that when she left home that day for her first day at Sloan Academy, that she would never really go back to her parents and her home again. An unfair trick, played on her by the new school’s queen bee – Carsyn, changes Rain’s life as she knows it forever, and nothing will ever be the same again. As I said I really don’t want to tell you any more, because this book is just full of mystery, and I really couldn’t guess what was coming next. Every chapter bought fresh excitement, and even more questions to light, and I just had to keep reading. Rain is just such a likeable character, has such a clear, fresh voice. Rain’s thoughts almost felt like my own whilst reading this book, and I was living every moment of this book right alongside her. There was a touch of romance in this book, although it is almost a side-story, what I liked most about the romance aspect of this book though, is that even when two different guys are interested in Rain, she’s open and tells guy number 2 that she is sort-of dating guy number 1, and doesn’t string him along. I’m not the biggest fan of love triangles, and I like that Rain was honest enough to try and prevent the situation happening to her! There is so much more I could say about this book, but I really want you to uncover the mysteries yourself and hopefully enjoy it as much as I did! I’m off to read the next in the series! Highly recommended YA fiction! 8.5 out of 10.
  • The Tower (Deck of Lies #2) on July 18, 2012

    (Source: Downloaded for free from Smashwords.) Well, once again we have a very cryptic blurb for this book, and once again this book is full of mystery, and lies upon lies are uncovered. I’m not going to tell you too much about this book, because not knowing what is going to happen is part of the fun, but once again poor Rain is in for a rough ride. In book 1 (Justice), Rain’s life was turned absolutely upside down and back to front by a prank played on her by a girl at her new school, and now, on top of all the drama still going on surrounding that event, Rain has a murder to solve. A girl at her new school was strangled to death, and Rain’s only friend – River, has been accused of her murder and locked up in jail. Rain knows that River could never hurt someone like that, no matter what other people are saying about him, and she knows that any evidence they have is fake. What she doesn’t realise is how tightly interwoven her own life and the dead girl’s are. Once again, Rain’s life is further shattered by lies told by those older than her, and this time she’s worked out one hell of a complicated family tree, connecting several teens at her school. The question still remains though; who had the means and will to murder one of her classmates? And what were they trying to hide? I really enjoyed this book. I picked this one up straight after finishing the first one,’ cause I couldn’t wait to find out what happened next! This book picked up pretty much where the last one left off, but this time we had more than one mystery to solve, and once again, layers and layers of deceit. It’s difficult to say much without giving too much away, but this book is just so cryptic, and has such a complex storyline, the mind boggles. I love Rain, she has such a fresh, clear voice, and you can totally image her saying and doing the things she does. She’s also incredibly normal, even when she feels guilt for telling white lies. I have to say that the ending left me wanting more! It was a bit cryptic – Rain knows who the murderer is and how they covered it up, but she doesn’t actually tell us! Thanksfully though, there is more to come, and I am really looking forward to the next book – ‘Death’. 8 out of 10. (Book Length: 3819)
  • Betrayal (Book Two of The Syrenka Series) on Aug. 09, 2012

    Betrayal (Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis as part of the ‘Syrenka’ Series Blog Tour) This is Book 2 in the ‘Syrenka’ series, and starts a few weeks after the end of book 1 – Promises. Eviana has taken over as clan leader, following her parent’s death. She’s unsure of her new position, but doing her best; while trying to come to terms with the fact that her boyfriend Brendon is taking time away from her. Forced to prove her worth to the council by demonstrating her new found powers, Eviana finds herself shipped off back to Jeremiah’s house to learn about using her powers, along with the mysterious Graham, a British boy who was the youngest member of the council before Eviana and Kain joined. Eviana finds herself strangely drawn to Graham, even if he is infuriating at times, but has her doubts as to his loyalties. When Lucian starts attacking multiple mermaid clans, Eviana knows that she has to do something, but what can one teenage mermaid do against the sort of forces that Lucian has? And how many have to die before Lucian is stopped? I enjoyed this book. I love Eviana, and I totally love Kain. I really think that Eviana should have married Kain instead of running off with Brandon, although it is debateable as to whether things would have been different if she had. I found the surprise arrival of Graham to be interesting, but was a little disappointed that Eviana had feelings for him. She already has Brendon and Kain to think about, and in my opinion a third love-interest wasn’t really needed. I also was in two minds as to who Graham was and what his intentions were anyway. I have to say that I did see the twists in this instalment coming, although that didn’t ruin the story for me. It is pretty obvious that someone is going to betray Eviana from the title! Maybe a different title would have decreased the chances of me guessing the ending! Overall; this was a good second book, and I am looking forward to finding out what happens in the final instalment ‘Arise’! 7 out of 10.
  • Arise (Book Three of The Syrenka Series) on Aug. 09, 2012

    (I received a digital copy of this book for free as part of the ‘Syrenka’ blog tour. Thanks to Amber Garr and Bookshelf confessions) This is book 3 in the Syrenka series, and kicks off where ‘Betrayal’ left off. Eviana has been kidnapped by Lucian – the man who has been ruining things for the Syrenka, selkies, and water sprites alike, and the man who now claims to be Eviana’s biological father. Drugged and confused, Eviana is stuck, locked in her Lucian’s boathouse, and unable to even plan an escape. How can Eviana escape, and save the rest of her clan? Does anyone stand a chance against Lucian and his special powers? Who will win Eviana’s heart? I really enjoyed this book. This series just keeps getting better, and this was probably the best of the three and a great end to the series! Poor Eviana has had a lot to cope with in this series, and has had to do a lot of growing up along the way. Things seem bad at the beginning of this instalment, and defeating Lucian is not going to be an easy feat. Once again Kain is a total sweetheart in his book, and it’s so lovely to see that his feelings for Eviana are still holding strong even after all they’ve been through. I am totally on team Kain over here, I wanted Eviana to marry Kain right at the beginning, and I couldn’t wait to read this instalment to find out who she would end up with, especially with her original boyfriend Brandon back in the picture, and the sexy English Graham vying for her attention too! There is plenty of action in this book, with the final showdown to look forward to, and twists and turns along the way. There’s also plenty of intrigue as to who Eviana can trust, and nothing is truly settled until right at the very end. Overall; great end to the series, and great trilogy! If you’re interested in mermaid stories, check this one out! 8 out of 10.
  • Promises (Book One of The Syrenka Series) on Aug. 09, 2012

    (I received a digital copy of this book for free as part of the ‘Syrenka’ Blog Tour!) This is book 1 in the ‘Syrenka’ series. 17-year-old Eviana is a mermaid. Not only is she a mermaid, but she is her clan leaders eldest child, which means that she will be the next clan leader. Mermaids are a dying species, which means that they must marry and breed appropriately. Eviana’s parents have arranged a marriage for her, to Kain – the heir of the Matthew’s clan, who as mermen go, is quite a catch. Eviana and Kain have known about this arrangement since they were very young, but while Kain obviously has feelings for Eviana, Eviana has a boyfriend, a selkie (seal) called Brandon who her parents don’t approve of (as mermaids and selki’s can’t breed together). With Eviana’s 18th birthday only a few weeks away, her marriage is fast approaching, and she knows that as much as she likes Kain, she belongs with Brandon, and they begin to make plans to run away together. With tensions running high between Eviana and her parents, a Syrenka Cotillion to attend, and her wedding day looming, Eviana throws her entire life away to run away with Brandon, even when she knows that Kain would be a great husband and that they would be good together. But when disaster strikes, and Brandon’s life is on the line, Eviana finds that having no family and friends to turn to could mean that she loses the only thing that she ever truly wanted, and she must swallow her embarrassment and ask the people that she left behind for help. I really enjoyed this book, from the very first page I was swept into Eviana’s world, with both its magical beings, and teenage normalcy. I loved how Eviana’s problems were so similar to those of a normal teen – parents wanting her to do what she doesn’t want to do, parents not approving of her boyfriend, and also very different – being forced into an arranged marriage, and having to content with being the next leader of her clan. I totally understood Eviana’s desire to run off with her boyfriend, and her wish to not have to marry at 18, but at the same time, I never for a moment thought that she would go through with it. I thought she would have a change of heart or change of circumstance and that she would stay and do her duty. I personally was secretly hoping that she would stay and marry Kain who was a total sweetheart. He was more than happy to do his duty, especially when faced with his father’s impending death, and even offered to let Eviana continue to see Brandon in secret once they were married, which was obviously something that he knew would mean a lot to her. Eviana was a strong female lead, she did what she wanted, but only after considering the consequences of her actions. She must have been so in love with Brandon to risk everything to be with him. Not only was she leaving her family, but her friends, clan, and way of life too. I don’t think I could ever do something like that, and I both applaud and frown upon her decision to run away. Whilst I understand that she loved Brendon and wanted to be with him, I also felt for Kain who was being jilted at the alter. Eviana was always determined to get what she wanted, and this came across even more strongly when she was fighting for those that she loved and cared for. If I had one complaint about the book it was when Eviana and Brendon slept together for the first time, and we were teased a bit and then told that they had ‘a wonderful night together’, I would have loved a little bit more here, nothing sordid or ‘fifty shades’, but just a little more than what we got! Overall I liked this book though, and am looking forward to reading the second book in the series – Betrayal. 8 out of 10.
  • Fairy Metal Thunder (Songs of Magic, Book 1) on Sep. 05, 2012

    (Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to J. L. Bryan.) All Jason wants to do is play guitar in his fairly mundane teenage band ‘The Assorted Zebras’, even if his parents would prefer he get a job or play his clarinet. But things are about to change for Jason and his band, when he catches a goblin stealing his mother’s earrings one night. Following the goblin to the fairy realm, Jason notices some instruments that some fairy musicians have left unguarded, and taking his chances, he steals them and runs! Back in the human world hours have passed, and Jason is in trouble for being out all night, but he soon comes to realise that it was worth it, when the fairy instruments turn out to be magical and enchanting. With his entire band playing the magical fairy instruments The Assorted Zebras are a big hit, and suddenly they have thousands of fans and a big gig lined up. But the fairy queen knows that the instruments have been taken to the human realm and wants them back. Can Jason and his band really outwit the fae and keep the instruments for themselves? I really enjoyed this book. It was just so light and fun and addictive! The story was nicely paced and easy to read, and flowed really well. Jason was an average teen with the usual problems with parents and sisters and girls, and the rest of the band were also a fairly normal bunch. I loved the fairy instruments and how everyone responded to them, and there was just the right amount of magic and normality to make it believable. I also loved the assortment of fae in the book, including the gorgeous yellow and pink unicorn! Some of the songs that the band performed where also pretty funny, including the one about ‘I stole a rhino for you’. I also thought the band name was pretty original! Overall; a light, fun, enjoyable read. 7.5 out of 10.
  • Beginnings, a YA Paranormal Romance (Prequel to The Guardians of Vesturon) on Sep. 07, 2012

    (Source: Downloaded for free from Amazon.) This is the story of Rowan and Annalise and how they met and became a couple. It is the prequel novella to the ‘Guardians of Vesturon’ series. I’m sure A. M. Hargroves is a little confused as to why I even read this book, as she knows that Books 1 and 2 didn’t exactly float my boat. However, I wanted to see what this was like, primarily because it was the character of Maddie that drove me nuts in books 1 and 2, and as Maddie wasn’t in this one, I thought that I might appreciate it a bit more! Damn was I right! Goodbye Maddie, and hello Rowan and Annalise! The romance between Annalise and Rowan was beyond lovely. I can only imagine how difficult it must create a romance in so short a story, but boy did the author achieve it! The anxiety as Rowan waited for Annalise to meet him, his pounding pulse when he sees her, the way he wants to pull her into his arms was just magical. I loved that the story actually felt like a real story rather than a novella which I sometimes think gloss over too much important stuff, and there was more than just the bare bones to it. Time was made to go into detail about Rowan’s training in becoming a guardian, and to bring his parent’s points of view on the relationship into focus too. I have to say that as the story progressed Rowan did get further and further towards arrogance rather than strength, and his consternation over being called ‘cute’ was a little silly. Overall this book was a winner though. Thanks so much for this great prequel novel A. M. Hargrove! 8 out of 10.
  • End of Innocence (Fargoer Short Stories, #1) on Nov. 02, 2012

    (Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author Petteri Hannila.) Vierra and Aure have both turned 13, and have both started menstruating. Now they go on a journey in the hottest part of the summer to give offerings to a figure known as ‘the mother’ and to return to their village as adults. This was a good and intriguing short story, with just enough back story to set the scene, and a glimpse at who Vierra and Aura really are, and who they will become in the future. Overall; A great start to this fantasy series. 7 out of 10.
  • End of Innocence (Fargoer Short Stories, #1) on Nov. 02, 2012

    (Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author Petteri Hannila.) Vierra and Aure have both turned 13, and have both started menstruating. Now they go on a journey in the hottest part of the summer to give offerings to a figure known as ‘the mother’ and to return to their village as adults. This was a good and intriguing short story, with just enough back story to set the scene, and a glimpse at who Vierra and Aura really are, and who they will become in the future. Overall; A great start to this fantasy series. 6 out of 10.
  • Anathema (Causal Enchantment, #1) on Nov. 11, 2012

    (Source: Downloaded for free from 17-year-old Evangeline has been living in foster care since her mother died when she was 12. Walking home one night she inadvertently breaks a stained glass lamp outside of a café, and is shocked when the owner tells her it was worth several thousand dollars. After offering to work off the cost of the lamp, Evangeline is brought into Sofie’s world, and is shocked when she immediately asks her to go to New York with her. Finding herself in a palace of a place in Manhattan, dressed in designer label clothes, and wearing beautiful jewellery, Evangeline ignores the oddness between Sofie and her friends, until she begins to fear that her nightmares of being in a wood with vampires are more than simply dreams. What is really going on though? Why does Sofie argue with her ‘friends’? What are these dreams about? And why do the dogs seem capable of understanding what is being said? This was a good urban fantasy story, with vampires, sorceresses, magic, and even parallel worlds. Evangeline was maybe a bit too trusting at times, and should probably have caught on to the fact that Sofie was being ridiculously generous a bit earlier than she did. She also could have done with having a bit more of a clue in general in places – surely if you wake up bleeding you know that your dream was not a dream? The fact that Sofie’s friends were a bit strange, and that she kept catching them arguing with her, didn’t seem to really phase her either, although I expected her to realise something was not normal a bit quicker. Maybe the fact that she kept hearing voices in her head, and the dog seemed to understand everything said to it, and Sofie and her friends never ate might have rung some alarm bells? But never mind. There were some clichés when it came to the vampires, although some off the old clichés were absent – Vampires were all gorgeous and rich, but they were able to go out in the sunlight and weren’t adverse to garlic. The love story was a little sudden, but Evangeline seemed convinced. I would have liked the love interest to have maybe showed a bit more emotion for her though. I liked the storyline in this book though, and it kept me entertained. There were moments where I found it hard to believe, and Evangeline could have done with being a little bit smarter, but otherwise I liked it. Overall; a good urban fantasy, and it’s totally free for heaven’s sakes! 7 out of 10.
  • The Athena Effect on Nov. 15, 2012

    (Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Derrolyn Anderson.) Cal (Caledonia) is nearly 18 when her parents are killed in a motorcycle accident. Cal is distraught; her parents are the only family she has ever known, and she’s been raised in a small house in the middle of some woods, with no electricity and no modern technologies. Her parents always told her that someone was after them, and that they were afraid that whoever it was would track them down. They told Cal to be wary of anybody other than them, and hid her away her entire life. Now Cal is sent to live with her father’s adoptive sister, an aunt she has never met, and must learn to cope with living in a modern society, as well as fending off her aunts boyfriends’ sexual advances. She also has to hide her strange ability to read people’s auras, and her desires’ to send them calming energies instead. Things change for the better when Cal meets Cal (no that’s not a typo!). Calvin is a boy from school who rides a motorcycle, and as they spend time together, their feelings develop into more than friendship. But who were Cal’s parent’s so afraid of? How can she keep avoiding her aunt’s boyfriend and the disgusting passes he makes at her? And will the people who wanted her parents ever catch up with her? I enjoyed this book. I loved how Cal could see people’s emotions, and how she knew what they were really feeling even if they were trying to hide it. I also loved how she didn’t abuse her abilities, and didn’t try to use them to just get what she wanted. I liked Cal even though she was a little innocent and unsure, especially because she still had real guts, and character, and drive, even when out if her depth. She obviously had no idea about the modern world other than what she had read in books, and had never even eaten pizza before! She was never awe-struck by the new things she saw and learned though, and at times actually wanted to go back to her parent’s home in the middle of nowhere, even if it meant not having hot water on tap. I liked the relationship between Cal and Calvin, the romance was so sweet, and it was nice to watch the relationship grow and blossom rather than having the characters instantly fall for one another. It was also nice how Cal had the back-up of her powers so that she knew that when Cal told her that he loved her that he actually really felt that way. Overall; I really enjoyed this book and am looking forward to the next in the series ‘The Mackenzie Legacy’ coming in 2013. 7.5 out of 10.
  • Asylum (Causal Enchantment, #2) on Nov. 20, 2012

    (Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to K. A. Tucker, and Supagurl blog tours.) This is book 2 in the ‘Causal Enchantment’ series, and picks up where book 1 ‘Anthema’ left off. **Warning – some unavoidable spoilers for book 1 ‘Anathema’** At the end of Anathema, Sofie had magically transported Evangeline to the middle of nowhere to keep her safe, whilst Sofie herself dealt with the glut of ravenous vampires that Evangeline had managed to bring through from Ratheus to Earth. Now, with Evangeline safe, it’s up to Sofie to sort out the Ratheus vampires, and to determine if Caden’s feelings for Evangeline are real. How long will it take Viggo and Mortimer to find out where Evangeline is hidden? Can Sofie really sort out 120 Ratheus vampires by herself? And what of the mysterious Mage? I enjoyed this book. It was nice to catch up with Evangeline and Sofie again and to see the progression of their story. I was initially a little confused as the narrative starts with Sofie in this book, where previously it had mainly been with Evangeline, but I soon worked out what was going on! Evangeline doesn’t see a whole lot of action in this book compared to the first, she’s stuck in some cabin in the middle of nowhere, whilst Sofie is the one in the thick of things. We learn quite a bit more about Sofie in this book, as well as Ratheus – the parallel world where Caden and the other vampires were living. Sofie seems to have really deep maternal feeling for Evangeine, that I don’t fully understand, to the extent that she would choose Evangeline’s life over that of her own sister Veronique. Some questions were answered in this book, as were some problems, only it seems that as problems are solved, more develop! Overall; a good second instalment. 7 out of 10.
  • The Charmed: Book One of a Trilogy on Jan. 05, 2013

    (Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Christine Wenrick.) 26-year-old Olivia is studying music and about to receive her masters, when she’s in a horrific train crash, and then worse – attacked by vampires! There are many more surprises in store for Olivia though, and a love for a man (Caden) she could never even have dreamed of, as well as information that changes her view of who she herself really is. Can Olivia live with who she finds out she really is though? Is Caden’s love for her real? And do they have any hope of a future together? I really enjoyed this book, and even though it had vampires in it, it wasn’t your typical vampire/paranormal romance, which was a nice change! (None of the ‘Mine’ business either!) Olivia was a strong and sometimes stubborn lead, and she had no problems pushing to try to get what she wanted, although I expected her to get angrier that Caleb was constantly picking her up and underestimating her. She had had a difficult year surviving both a car crash and a train wreck, and losing all the people that meant something to her. I totally got why she didn’t want to be hurt by Caleb, but how she wanted someone to love her just the same. The romance between Olivia and Caleb was hot, and Caleb was seriously sexy! Even though there were vampires in this book, the romance element was strong, and I fell for Caleb just the same as Olivia did! There was both suspense and anticipation leading up to the ‘love’ scenes, which made this part of the book very satisfying, and when the scenes eventually came, it felt right! This book was about vampires. There are a lot of books about vampires around at the moment, and I know a lot of people get a bit sick of it, but I felt that it was really well done in this book. The vampire element didn’t feel overdone, some old ideas were used, but new ideas were used also, and the vampire storyline fitted in well with the rest of the book. We didn’t get any soul-mate business or insta-love either, which was refreshing! The one thing I didn’t appreciate was the way that Olivia refused to tell Caleb what she was. She felt bad because she thought that she was causing him to feel the way he did, and that he didn’t really feel that way about her, but then didn’t tell him exactly what was going on either. (Gosh that sounds complicated but I’m trying to avoid spoilers!) This kind of lack of communication most commonly leads to problems in the long run, and I really wished that Olivia could have been honest and told Caleb the truth. (This is more a pet peeve of mine rather than an actual problem with the book though.) I have to say that this book was very well written and flowed beautifully, I loved the characters and the storyline, and this was a very enjoyable read. I was also very happy with the ending – no cliff-hangers, but plenty to make me want to read the next one! I would recommend this to anyone who likes paranormal romance! It is a fab read with an explosive finale, and is beautifully written. 8.25 out of 10.
  • The Charmed Souls: Book Two of a Trilogy on Jan. 12, 2013

    (Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Christine Wenrick!) This book is the second book in the ‘Charmed’ Trilogy, and kicks off a few days after the end of book 1 – ‘The Charmed’. **Warning – some unavoidable spoilers for book 1** Olivia has agreed to go with Alec and the Brethren following the end of ‘The Charmed’, and they have taken her to a hotel (The Oracle), on a consecrated site where the Brethren stay and train, and vampires will be unable to track her. Olivia is still in love with Caleb, and their separation makes her unhappy. Alec continues to try and convince her that Caleb will have forgotten her, and that he never really loved her, but Olivia is sure that he is wrong. Davin is still searching for her though, and turns up just outside of the consecrated grounds, trying to get to her, and threatening to harm Caleb if Olivia doesn’t go with him. Davin isn’t the only threat though, when it seems that at least one of the brethren means her harm. Will Olivia and Caleb find their way back to each other? What do the Brethren intend to do with her? And will Olivia ever be truly safe from persecution, when so many people want to use her for their own devices? I really enjoyed this book, and it was a great sequel to ‘The Charmed’, no second book syndrome here you’ll be pleased to know! I really felt for Olivia during this book. Not only was she being kept away from Caleb who she loved, but she was also being followed by Davin, and wasn’t being well treated by every member of the Brethren either. It was nice that Olivia got to learn more about her family though, and exactly who her parents were. There was even a surprise for Olivia in the form of her maternal grandfather, who she had never expected to meet. Olivia and Caleb when we eventually find them back together are hot, and even more loving towards each other than they were in the first book. It’s also great to see that time apart has only strengthened their love for one another, and that even with Olivia’s ‘Charmer’ powers, they are committed to each other, and don’t stray. There’s also plenty of beautiful scenes between them which aren’t purely focused on their intimate relationship, which is nice. The storyline was great. I totally didn’t guess the twist and turns that this book took, and I was really impressed with the new ideas that the author had come up with in regards to vampires, dhampires, and their relationships with humans. It was also nice to see a relationship where the female was feisty enough to stand up to her vampire partner, and didn’t let him step in to protect her all the time. Once again this book was beautifully written and a joy to read, and I was really happy that it had an ending! Even though this is the middle book of the trilogy, the book had a beginning, a middle, and an end, with no nasty cliff-hanger, but still plenty to make me want to read the next book. Well done to the author for that! Overall; a beautifully written book, and a great second instalment in the trilogy. 8.25 out of 10.
  • Almost Human on Jan. 21, 2013

    (Source: Downloaded for free from Smashwords!) This is a story about 14-year-old Diana, who is home looking after her two younger brothers while her father is a work. When she answers the door to what she thinks is the pizza delivery guy, she’s shocked when the delivery guy is attacked by a wolf! Can Diana keep herself and her brothers safe from what turns out to be a werewolf? I’m not the biggest fan of short stories, but I have to say that I was really pleasantly surprised at how good this story was! Diana is such a likeable character, and even though we don’t spend much time with her, it seems really easy to work out what sort of person she is, and to get to know her in a really short time. The storyline was really good, and I didn’t guess what was coming next. It was fast paced, as this was only a short story, but it didn’t feel too rushed which was nice. Overall; a great short story! Recommended for werewolf and paranormal fans. 8 out of 10.
  • Matter of Time on Jan. 26, 2013

    (Source: Downloaded for free from Smashwords.) Canaan is a shifter, imprisoned by the King of the Unseelie court, and forced to fight other shifters for sport. He has killed many, hundreds even, but this is what happens when you cross the fae. Canaan has eyes for the king’s son Kaer though, and one night Kaer visits him in his cell. This was a first for me. I read this mainly because the author’s surname began with an x and I needed an x for my a-z reading challenge! I have never read this sort of erotica before. This is a short story which is basically an erotic encounter between Canaan and Kaer. As I say, this was a first for me, so I can’t really comment on the er ‘love’ aspect of the book, but the story itself was well written, and flowed nicely. This is free on Smashwords at the moment, so if anybody else fancies it (or needs an x for their A-Z reading challenge) – grab a copy! This is a VERY ADULT BOOK though! 6.5 out of 10.
  • Wilted (A Witching Pen Novellas Prequel) on Jan. 27, 2013

    (Source: downloaded for free from This is a short story about a young witch called Elena, her best friend Karl, who she secretly has feelings for, and some bad news that she receives from her mother. This book is surprisingly well written, and gives a great feel for the characters and what trials they are likely to face in the following books of the series. I really liked Elena, and her strength in the face of adversary, and I'm interested to find out how she will deal with the challenges facing her. This story is short and sweet, and definitely leaves you wanting more! 8 out of 10
  • The Uninvited on Jan. 30, 2013

    (Source: Downloaded for free from Smashwords.) This is a fairly formulaic horror/ghost story, about a family that move into a haunted house. It has an eerie sort of feel to it, but it’s fairly easy to guess what’s going to happen. 6.5 out of 10.
  • Jerky on Jan. 31, 2013

    (Source: Downloaded for free from Smashwords.) I have to say that I have just had another lesson in ‘never judge a book by its cover’! Looking at this I was expecting YA fantasy, and it really isn’t! Let’s just say that the ‘everything’ that changes relates to er… certain male body parts, and that I have not laughed so hard in quite a while! This is definitely an adult book, and it is a bit of a naughty story, but it is also hilarious! If you’re over 18, check this out – it’s very strange and funny! 8 out of 10.
  • The Orcus Games: Blood Moon (The Orcus Games Novella Trilogy #1) on Feb. 09, 2013

    (Source: Downloaded for free from Smashwords.) This is a fantasy novella, about witches, vampires, and werewolves. The first chapter concerns some witches who are having some sort of a festival and a feast. The second chapter is about some people who are attacked and turned into vampires, and the third chapter is about a down-on-his-luck werewolf who accidentally kills his wife. In the fourth chapter, the werewolf discovers the witches, who have just killed a vampire, and tries to blackmail them in return for not telling anyone they have killed a vampire. Anyway, the main characters all end up arrested or kidnapped in some way or another, and with a bit of adventure along the way, all end up as the newest contestants for ‘The Orcus Games’. This is where this novella ends. I have to say that I did get a little confused at the beginning of this one. We are very quickly introduced to three different stories, which then come together later on. Initially being thrown into three stories was a bit of a shock though, and I was then sat there puzzling what the hell each story had in common with the others! I persevered with this though, and eventually the characters met and interacted. This being a prequel novella though, the story ends where I believed ‘The Orcus Games’ were about to start. What exactly ‘The Orcus Games’ are though I don’t know! I thought that this prequel would be an introduction to the series, but I don’t think it gave you enough of an idea as to what the next book would be about, to really let you know if you would like it or not. This novella was okay, but I didn’t find that it grabbed me. I kept reading to find out what would happen, but I wasn’t desperate to find out what happened next. I might be tempted to read the next books in this series if I find them for free, but I can’t say I’m bothered enough to buy them. Maybe if I knew more about what ‘The Orcus Games’ were going to actually be about I would be more interested. Overall; an okay novella, a bit confusing initially, but does build up to the next book I suppose. 5 out of 10.
  • Wild Child on Feb. 17, 2013

    (Source: Downloaded for free from This is a story about 19-year-old Kyle and his best friend Briana. One day while they are out on his father’s boat, Briana convinces Kyle to go for a swim, but disaster strikes. A speed boat whizzes straight towards Briana, and she disappears from sight. Kyle knows that the boat must have hit Briana, but he has no idea what he should do, so he goes back to the boat. Not long after, Briana reappears at the side of the boat – as she’s fine! She has however got a huge scar on her abdomen, and a huge cut on her leg, and tells Kyle that she found some mysterious green water at the bottom of the lake. Dragging Kyle to the bottom of the lake, Briana shows him how the green water heals her wounds. But Kyle doesn’t trust the green water, and refuses to drink any himself. Back on dry land Briana begins to look bad though, and tells Kyle that she needs to go back to the lake. What exactly is the green water? How does it heal Briana? And what else does it do? I never intended to read this book. I downloaded it for free from Amazon, and I left it on my kindle because I found out that the author lived in the UK (and would therefore count for the British books challenge!), but the cover put me off. But when I accidentally opened this book on my kindle, I thought I’d read the first few pages before deleting it. I have to say that I was shocked when I found that I liked it, and even more surprised when I found myself racing through the pages desperate to find out what happened next! Kyle and Briana’s story had a real mystery feel to it, and could possibly even be described as a thriller. I loved trying to guess what would happen next, and what the hell the green water really was! The ending though…. Holy Freaking Tomato Hats – talk about a cliff-hanger. In fact, I’m not sure it even was a cliff-hanger, it was more like the story reached its crescendo, and then just stopped! Not fair! When I read a book, even if it’s a freebie, I expect to get the whole story, especially if it’s not label ‘part 1’ or something! I really want to find out what happens next with this one, but I can’t afford the second part of the story at the moment! So annoying! Overall; a great YA mystery/thriller, but the story just stops half-way through!! 8 out of 10.
  • Cornerstone on March 08, 2013

    (Source: Downloaded for free from 17-year-old Nali lives with her mom who is a paper hoarder. Every few days Nali has to stop at the office supply shop to pick up 1500 sheets of paper, which her mother then fills with random sentences, and stacks up in their house. There’s hardly any space to even walk around their home now, and everyone at school makes fun of Nali for this. When Nali is attacked near the library one night, and ends up with a broken arm, she is rescued by Garrett, a popular boy at school, but one who seems to have an interest in her. It seems that the attack wasn’t random though, and Nali is soon about to find out that there is more to her life, and Garrett’s life than she ever realised. What has Nali’s mother been hiding from her her entire life? Why does she scribble random things on pieces of paper? What do Garrett and his family have to do with it? And who was the man who attacked her in the woods? I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book, but it certainly wasn’t what I got. I know people may think me nuts for doing this, but sometimes when I’ve been recommended a book loads, I don’t read the blurb, because I don’t want to spoil a book that so many people have recommended to me because they loved it. Cornerstone was one of these books. So many people have recommended this to me, I’ve seen people tweeting about it, it’s turned up in ‘best of 2012’ lists, it was one of my book club’s monthly reads, and it was even free on kindle. Looking at the cover of this one I thought it was an adult book, and that it probably has something to do with sand, hieroglyphics, ancient powers, a bit of mystery, something along those lines, but it wasn’t any of those things. Time for a cover change? Maybe. So, onto the story. I’m not really sure what to make of the story. The beginning of the story felt like a contemporary romance, but then we started to get odd paranormal elements, and I just wasn’t sure it flowed well from one to the other. Nali’s ‘powers’ were interesting, and I don’t think I’ve come across a similar idea before. I liked that she had this ‘bubble’ thing, and how fear circumvented her powers, I just wasn’t really sure how she was going to use these powers. Other than running fast and dodging stones that people threw at her, I didn’t think that her powers were all that impressive, although these may continue to grow as she is trained? I did like the romance between Nali and Garrett, although there wasn’t really enough of it for me. Garrett was an okay character, but I really thought that the communication between the two could have been improved upon. I’m getting really sick of these relationships where people go totally off the deep end over a misunderstanding. I really wish people would just talk to each other! Nali and Garrett totally had this problem. Garrett would say one thing, and Nali would take it completely the wrong way, and go off with totally the wrong impression of him. Nali seems to be really good at not listening to all of a story though, she hears something, interprets it her own way, and comes to completely the wrong conclusion every time. So annoying. I wanted to just grab hold of her by the shoulders, give her a good shake, and tell her to stop for a minute, listen, and give people time to explain themselves! There were a few things in this story that made it unique – the cornerstone for instance, and I thought the idea of having a choice over whether or not you wanted to be part of the whole thing was pretty good, although I thought that choosing not to be involved would be the more difficult option in the long run. There were a couple of twists at the end of this story, I can’t say that I saw them coming, I don’t think I was really invested enough in the story to guess what was coming next, and although they were a surprise, I can’t say I was really all that impressed. I think more than anything I was just pleased that I had gotten to the end. Maybe it’s just the mood I’m in currently, but the whole thing was just ‘okay’ for me. I can’t say that I really want to read the sequel either. Overall; a YA paranormal, with some unique touches, but only okay for me. 6 out of 10.
  • Zombies Don't Write Valentines: A YA Paranormal Story on March 09, 2013

    (Source: Downloaded for free from Sarah lives in a world where most of the population are zombies, including her mother, brother, and most recently her boyfriend Brody, Zombies don’t remember anything from their lives before they were infected, although Sarah wishes the Brody could. It’s disheartening when he’s asking her to help him make vaentines cards for other girls. Is there any chance that Brody remembers who Sarah is? And will he ever ask her to make a valentine card for her? This is a short story, although I must say that the world building is really impressive. So much information is crammed into this short story, and really sets the scene. Sarah seems like an average teenager, obviously trying to cope with the loss of so many loved ones, and it isn’t a stretch to see why she wants Brody to remember her. The idea of wanting him to ask her to make a valentines card for her was a bittersweet one, and I think she really just wanted to feel like she had meant something to someone, seeing as she had no one else left after the zombies had taken so many. I liked the way that some of the zombies in this story were domesticated and given jobs to make themselves useful, instead of being made to fend for themselves out in the Z-zone, although there were obviously rules concerning these zombies too! This is quite a sweet story overall, and I really liked the world building. I will certainly be checking out this authors other books! Overall; a YA zombie story with a bittersweet edge. 7 out of 10.
  • Water on March 12, 2013

    (Source: Downloaded for free from Kaitlyn thinks she’s dead when she’s swept up in an avalanche while snowboarding, the last thing she expects is to wake up locked in a small room which looks nothing like a hospital. Deciding to try and escape, Kaitlyn breaks out through a small window, and puts up one hell of a fight when once again cornered, but there’s no easy escape for her, especially when she finds out that the people who are holding her have cleared all her stuff from her apartment, and basically made out that she is dead! Kaitlyn is in for even more of shock though when it is finally explained to her where she is and why. She has been taken by a group called ‘the seven’, who are trying to fight environmental problems using magical powers, and Kaitlyn is their new Gaia – the woman who has magical powers over earth, wind, water, and fire. What exactly do these people expect from Kaitlyn though? How is she supposed to use these powers? And will her life ever be the same again? I’m not really sure where to start with this book. I don’t think I’ve ever read anything like this. There was action, there was romance, there was science, environmental stuff, and then there was magic! Such an odd combination! All the way through this book I was in two minds – did I like it? Did I want to keep reading? Could I skip this bit about phytoplankton? But I have to say that when I got to the end, I was strangely invested in finding out what happened to Kaitlyn next! Kaitlyn was a feisty, headstrong, stubborn woman. She was all alone in the world, and lacked human company, but she sure had one hell of a temper, and put up one hell of a fight when she felt that she’d been kidnapped. She was may have even been a touch over-zealous in her attempts to escape, and it was easy to see how she made some enemies during her first escape attempt. Kaitlyn really was a feisty little madam, who had some very definite ideas about what she would and wouldn’t do, and made a big point of getting what she wanted when she wanted it, even if her demands were downright unattainable or OTT, this is not a girl I’d want to mess with! The other characters in this book ‘the seven’ who had basically kidnapped her, and led the world to believe that she was dead were a real assortment of characters. Kaitlyn seemed to like Micah the best, although he later showed her just how far he was prepared to go to train her and keep her in line. Shawn was a nasty piece of work, Alex was the nice guy, and Cato was the Yoda of the group. I was really unsure who out of this bunch was really trustworthy, and Kaitlyn’s ideas on this subject changed during the book too. These characters were well fleshed out though, and had very distinct personalities. Part of the storyline in this book is about ecology, and how the planet is changing and being damaged etc. ‘The Seven’ are trying to combat these problems and want Kaitlyn to use her powers to keep the planet in balance. This was quite an interesting and unique angle for the use of magical powers I must say, and also a great way to get this sort of environmental message out there, even if I can’t say that I particularly enjoyed reading about the phytoplankton! I did like the storyline in this book though, and I thought that even the nastier parts of the story were well written and not too disturbing, which could have easily been the case. This book is new adult or adult, not young adult though, and did contain sexual situations, both consensual and non-consensual. As I said I did think that the ideas in this book were a bit of an odd combination at points, but in the end I did enjoy this book, and the little cliff-hanger at the end really did make me want to read the next book! Overall; and interesting combination of action, romance, adventure, environmental issues, and magic! 7 out of 10.
  • Thundering Luv on May 31, 2013

    (Source: I won a digital copy of this book, and the author requested I review it. Thanks to author L. M. Preston.) 16-year-old Jewel is beautiful and could have any boy that she wants, unfortunately none of her previous boyfriends have made her feel anything other than bored, and she’s made a habit of dumping them in interesting ways, even via tweet. This summer Jewel meets Colin though, and as they get to know each other something just clicks, and Jewel begins to feel something for the very first time. Can Jewel and Colin make a go of it? Is Jewel really an ice princess? And what will Jewel think of Colin when he spills the secret he’s been hiding? This was a sweet, summery romance, and Jewel and Colin made a really great couple. Jewel was an interesting character, and even though she had all the cutest boys at school after her, she wanted more than eye candy, she wanted someone she really loved which I admired. Colin was a sweet boy, and it was obvious that he really cared for Jewel, even if he didn’t show it very well at first. I liked the romance between the pair, and it was sweet and romantic how the tension between them gradually built up. I liked that they allowed their feelings to grow rather than immediately jumping into something together, and I was really hoping that they would get together all the way through. One thing I was surprised by though is that at the beginning of the book it days that this is book 2 in the ‘Luv’ series, which I hadn’t realised when I picked this one up. This didn’t seem to matter though, so I think this must be a series with different characters in each book. Overall; a sweet and romantic contemporary YA. 7 out of 10.
  • The Raid: an Eden short story on June 01, 2013

    (Source: Downloaded for free from This is a really short insight into the world in which this series is set. It's entertaining, and will make you want to read more, but at 6 pages, it is incredibly short, and not much happens. I'd suggest reading 'the bane' instead, unless you manage to pick this up for free. 7 out of 10.
  • Evolution (Evolution Series Book 1) on July 20, 2013

    (Source: Downloaded for free from 17-year-old Jade has no idea what is going on when she ends up in the hospital after having crashed her car, and watches her injuries heal before her eyes. When her boyfriend Aidan then tells her that it’s because she’s immortal – just like him, and that they also have all these other cool superpowers – all because they are using 100% of their brains. When Jade’s best-friend Chelsea then goes missing, it’s up to Jade and Aidan to find her. Can they find Chelsea in time? Who is after Chelsea and Jade? And what do they want? I don’t know what it was about this story, but I just found it so boring that I had difficulty finishing it. It started out okay, but I don’t know if it was the writing style, or just the story, but I just didn’t believe it, and I didn’t enjoy it. I felt like everyone treated Jade like a child, and she allowed them too, and the story just dragged. I didn’t quite get the whole immortal thing either. How does being able to use all 100% of your brain make you immortal? How does it make you be able to eat loads without putting on weight? How does it make you heal instantly from cuts and burns and stuff? I just don’t buy it. How does it make you capable of teleporting? It all just seemed a bit farfetched to me. I mean the having visions, and even telepathy I could have gotten on board with – they seem like mental abilities, but the rest? I also found Jade’s mom to be a bit weird at times too – telling Jade to just take time off school? Telling her to go stay at her boyfriend’s house? Is that not odd behaviour? Anyway, the story mainly revolved around Jade’s missing friend Chelsea, and Jade and Aidan and the crew trying to get her back somehow. They all used their magical mystery powers to do all this wonderful stuff like teleporting, reading minds, etc. to work out who had took Chelsea, although when they actually found her it was almost by accident! The ending of this also frustrated me a bit. We were basically left with a cliff-hanger, and I really don’t have it in me to read any more books in this series. Overall; a YA paranormal novella that just bored me. 4.5 out of 10.
  • Saving Wishes on July 27, 2013

    (Source: Downloaded for free from 17-year-old Charli wants to do nothing other than go traveling as soon as she graduates high school with her best friend Nicole. Charli has always been a risk taker, and she’s always been special – the way she believed in faeries so fiercely, and took pictures because they were little frozen snippets of time. When she took a risk on her friend Mitch previously, he used her and threw her away though, so when she meets Adam, even though she likes him, she maintains her spikey exterior. Adam works on her though, and soon they both know that they are in love. Adam’s plans are very different from Charli’s though. Adam wants to go to Law school in his home city of New York, whilst Charli wants to leave Tasmania and find her true place in the world, which will be somewhere where she can surf. Can Charli and Adam ever truly be together and both be happy? Can Charli break Adam’s heart and send him back to New York alone? And what if Charli’s place in the world is wherever Adam is? This was an emotional and thought provoking YA contemporary, that made me want to travel, find true love, and find my place in the world. Charli was an interesting character, I didn’t quite get why she was so standoffish at first, but once her history was revealed, it all made a bit more sense. I loved how she had made herself tough to put up with her bullies though, and I loved how desperately she wanted to spread her wings and fly. I didn’t quite get why she wanted to leave her home town and never come back, but it was obviously something that she felt really strongly about. I liked some of the characters in this book more than others, and I think Charli was really lucky to have the support of Alex, as well as Adam and Gabrielle. If I ever come across her best friend Nicole though there will be trouble, because she is quite possibly the worst best friend ever, and Charli really didn’t deserve the way Nicole treated her. I liked the storyline in this book, and there were quite a few twists in the tale that I didn’t see coming. There were moments when I wondered where the story was going to take us, and also things that made me really angry, but it all came together in a quite emotional book, and I liked the romance, even though it wasn’t your typical ‘happy ever after’ kind of story. I did get a bit upset with some of the events in this book, and although we were left with a sense of hope in the end, I didn’t really like the way things were left between Charli and Adam, and I really want to read the next book now to work out what happens next. Overall; a good YA contemporary romance, that makes you want to travel, find true love, and find your place in the world, and in someone’s heart. 7.5 out of 10.
  • Watched on July 28, 2013

    (Source: Downloaded for free from 15-year-old Christy is on a trip to Washington D.C. with some other high school students, when she accidentally witnesses an execution style murder. From that moment on Christy is sure that someone is watching her and the other students that she was with at the time. Christy hatches a plan to get a letter to the FBI detailing what she saw, and they promise to look into things for her, and keep her safe. Is someone following them though? Can they trust the FBI? And more importantly, which boy should Christy choose? This was an okay story, but for me it dragged, and the love triangle was really unnecessary. Christy was one of those girls that didn’t listen to her instincts and instead went along with what her friends wanted to do, which is exactly why she ended up in hot water. If she had only spoken up, and voiced an opinion as to what she and her friends should be doing, they would never have ended up in the mess that they got into. Christy was like this for pretty much the whole book unfortunately. She was so quiet, and so easily led that it got annoying, and I really wanted her to learn to stand on her own two feet, and not be quite so meek! The storyline in this book was okay, but the pacing was too slow for me. I expected a fast-paced suspense novel, but instead got a story filled with teenage wonderings and musings, random events that added nothing to the storyline, some really lax FBI agents, and a love triangle. Why oh why was there need for a love triangle in this book? Why couldn’t Christy have just had one sweet boy that was interested in her, rather than going from being the girl that nobody asked out, to the girl that had two hot older boys fighting over her? I have to say that I was actually expecting there to be a twist in this book where it turned out that the people who Christy thought were FBI agents were really the bad guys stringing her along and trying to work out how much she knew. I really thought that that was going to be the case, because the way the agents acted, and the way the whole investigation was carried out felt so shoddy and lax, but that wasn’t the case at all, which really surprised me. The FBI has never acted like a bunch of teenagers playing hide and seek from what I’ve seen on TV, but that’s kind-of what it felt like here. I also thought that there were some big gaping holes in the plotline of this book. One of the agents claims that they have microchip trackers in the kid’s clothes to track them, but Christy was wearing a brand new dress that one of her admirers had only just bought her, so surely there couldn’t have been a microchip in that already? And then when someone is shot in his LOWER back, he then can’t move his arms? I think that medically speaking that is downright impossible, I’m pretty sure that you would only be paralysed from that point down, and so if you were shot in your lower back, everything above your lower back would still work fine. The pacing and lack of action in this book just ruined it for me, and I found myself getting bored whilst reading it, I think if this had been shorter, and some of the unnecessary stuff was taken out this would actually have been better. The ending was okay, but again, it all felt a bit too high school drama club rather than CSI or Criminal Minds. I might read the next book in the series if it is available for free at some point, but otherwise I don’t think I’ll bother. Overall; an okay-ish YA suspense but the pacing was way off. 5 out of 10.
  • The Deception on July 31, 2013

    (Source: Downloaded for free from Kaitlin has been raised not knowing that she isn’t her parent’s biological daughter, so when they break the news she initially thinks that the rumours going around town are right – that she’s the result of an affair that her father had. But this isn’t the case – Kaitlin’s real parents gave her up to keep her safe from someone, but her adoptive parents don’t know the rest of the story. Kaitlin’s best friend Billy has asked her to marry him, and won’t take no for an answer. Kaitlin is infatuated with Logan though, a new boy in town who she doesn’t know at all. Will Kaitlin be forced to marry Billy? Will she marry Logan instead? And who were her parents trying to protect her from? This book was just not good. Kaitlin was an okay character, but I think we were all supposed to know that she wasn’t really Kaitlin, she was Katie – a girl that we learned a bit about in the prologue. The problem was this was just dull. I could honestly read lines and not know what I’d read when I got to the end of the line because it just hadn’t gone in at all. I also thought there just wasn’t enough information available. The baby in the prologue was obviously in the present sort of time, while Kaitlin must have been at an earlier period in time, because she was being asked to marry a boy just ‘cause no-one else in the village would have her. Not sure how this happened, and it wasn’t explained at all. Was this time travel? Magic? We don’t know. Then Logan turns up and Kaitlin instantly falls in love with him. Give me a break. And, oh! I’m so bored and annoyed right now that I’m not sure I can even say anything else about this book without wanting to throw my kindle out the window! But let’s just finish this by saying that this isn’t even a whole book! We just get to the bit where Logan is about to explain what’s going on, and the book finishes, and we’re told to buy the next book to find out what happens! Overall; I AM NOT IMPRESSED AND WILL NOT BE READING ANY MORE OF THESE. 2.5 out of 10.
  • Dying to Forget, Book 1 of The Station Series on July 31, 2013

    (Source: downloaded for free from 18-year-old Piper has had a difficult time of it recently – so bad that she commits suicide. When she wakes up dead she doesn’t get quite what she was expecting though – no heaven or hell, instead she’s at some kind of station, and by committing suicide she’s volunteered herself for a new job – stopping other people from committing suicide. Piper’s first job isn’t what she expects either, especially not when she realises that the person whose head she’s inside of is a boy! Can Piper help Sloan to stop him committing suicide? Can she really do this at all? And what is the alternative? This was an interesting paranormal read, but left us with a cliff-hanger at the end. Piper was an okay character, although I was surprised that she was so up—tempo about stopping people committing suicide when it was just what she had just done herself. I’m not sure how one depressed suicidal person is really supposed to stop someone else from doing the same thing – I mean if you don’t value your own life are you really going to value the life of someone you don’t know, who is also depressed and suicidal? Anyway, I suppose this was a nice idea, although by the sounds of things it didn’t seem to be working all that well! Anyway, everybody in this book had a pretty hellish history, which obviously brought them to the place where they were at, and some of them really were bad – I mean multiple awful events in their lives, which was pretty depressing I guess, so I don’t suppose you could blame them for being suicidal. I’m just not sure that having a depressed person look at your life is the best help – what’s to stop them from saying ‘I agree. Your life is sh*t. Best off yourself now before it gets any worse!’ Otherwise the storyline was okay, although it did seem a little bit easy at times for Piper to get people to change their lives, which didn’t seem all that realistic. It was also a bit odd that she got given a boy for her first assignment. While there was a happy end in some respects in this book, there was also a major cliff-hanger! I now feel like I need to read the next one to find out what happens, which is a bit annoying really. Overall; an okay paranormal story, but watch out for that cliff-hanger! 6.5 out of 10.
  • Every Little Piece on Feb. 18, 2014

    (Source: I won a digital copy of this book. Thanks to author Kate Ashton.) 18-year-old Haley and her best friends are living it up the night before graduation, when the unthinkable happens, and their lives are changed drastically and irreversibly. Haley and her boyfriend Seth blame themselves, and both retreat into their own little worlds. When Seth comes back into Haley’s life one year later with a secret to tell her, neither of them are really ready to face what happened that night, until eventually they’re forced to. What really happened that night? Who was responsible? And will the truth drive an even bigger wedge between Haley and Seth? This was a brilliant story about love, and grief, and forgiveness, that pummelled my heart, made me cry, and totally left me wanting more. I loved the characters in this book. Haley was so broken after what happened, and it was so sad that Seth wasn’t there to comfort her when he should have been. I really felt for both of them and the guilt they carried though, and as much as I wanted them to pull through what had happened to them, I really didn’t see how they ever would. The storyline in this book was emotional and heart-breaking, and even made me cry! I loved how such a relatively simple storyline could hold so much emotion, and feeling, and how one secret could change things so completely. The suspense was gut-wrenching, and I couldn’t help but keep reading, even knowing that what was coming would hurt. The ending of this story was so fitting, and even made a happy ending out of a terrible situation. I only give 5 stars to books that I get to the end of and want to start reading again from the beginning, and that’s exactly how I felt here. Overall; a beautiful and heart-breaking YA contemporary romance. Highly recommended. 9.25 out of 10.
  • The Tentacle and I on June 23, 2014

    This was a fun fantasy/erotica story, even if having sex with an octopus is a bit unorthodox! The only issue with this story is that I seriously doubt she could have held her breath for that long underwater whilst having sex with an octopus!
  • Better Off Red on Jan. 16, 2015

    (Source: Downloaded for free from This was a really good and modern retelling of ‘Little Red Riding Hood’, and I liked the way that Scarlet was trying to deliver a cure to her grandmother to stop her turning into a werewolf! It was also funny how werewolf granny told her off for using bad language when she was trying to eat her! Well worth a read! 7.25 out of 10
  • The Revenge of the Pumpkins on Feb. 13, 2015

    This was a short horror story in which some killer pumpkins come to life and carve up the people who carved them. Not very nice really!
  • Weeping Willow (Part One) on Feb. 13, 2015

    Download for free here: “You summoned him,” She cried. I didn’t know what to do. I didn’t know what I had done. Or, how to fix it. Before I could react, she began to cry hysterically, “Why did you do it?” I am so glad that the author sent me a copy of this book to read and review, because this was really good! I liked Chloe/Willow, and I thought she acted appropriately when confronted with danger – she ran! This girl was no idiot, she knew that she was no match for a big guy with a sword or two and did the sensible thing and fled. No walking into danger on purpose for this girl! “Fear trickling back into my numb body, I ran in the direction of home, hoping my mother was there so I could warn her.” The storyline in this was really good, and I loved the action! Poor Chloe/Willow seemed to have no shortage of unexpected encounters, and I loved how I didn’t know what was coming next! “It was him! It was the intruder, disguised as a police officer! He had found me.” There was some romance, and I’m guessing that some people might call it insta-love, but to be honest, although Nalin seemed to like Chloe, she didn’t immediately return the feeling, and there wasn’t any huge declarations on her part, and nothing physical at all. “Seeing her again, even for a few fleeting moments, made my heart stop. I was overwhelmed with a feeling although I couldn’t comprehend which one. I had found my twin soul, and we were at the meeting once again.” The ending to this was a bit of a cliff-hanger! I’m glad that the second part of this story is already available and free on smashwords! Yay! 8.5 out of 10
  • Shattered on Feb. 14, 2015

    Downloaded for free here: Well, this was a bit of a depressing story! This poor girl literally lost everything! A couple of things that bothered me about this book though, 1. Jessica over-reacted, before her mother even told her they were moving to Russia 2. Would you really start packing before even telling your kids you were moving? 3. Can you really move to Russia in less than a week? Wouldn’t you need to get visa’s? Sort out somewhere to live? Arrange money and flights and all sorts of important stuff?
  • The Jeremy Collection on Feb. 20, 2015

    This was an okay collection of poems; the last one was definitely my favourite though – “I want your pain In my life Just to know I’m still alive” 7 out of 10
  • Seven Years - Tales from the Backwoods, Story #1 on Feb. 21, 2015

    This was a pretty good little story about a man sentence to 7 years in prison, only to find he's been given a haunted cell! Let's just say he doesn't get much sleep!
  • Mouse Moonwalk on Feb. 26, 2015

    This was quite a bizarre little story about a mouse who learned to do the moonwalk and became famous, but things didn’t work out quite the way he planned. The story was a little strange, but did have a couple of funny moments, and the moral of the story was a good one too. 7 out of 10
  • Weeping Willow (Part Two) on Feb. 28, 2015

    This was another fast-paced fantasy story, and I was pleased that we got a happy ending. Willow found herself in a lot of danger in this book, and Nalin had a bit of an anger management issue! It was really lucky that things turned out the way they did! The storyline in this revolved around the elves who were trying to kill Willow, and Nalin’s battle to find her and save her. I was really pleased that things worked out the way they did and that we got a happy ending! 7.5 out of 10
  • Bequest (A Birthright Story) on Sep. 13, 2015

    This was an okay short story, but it seemed like a bit of a recap of book one in the series, so I'm guessing this is fulll of spoilers for that book?? Not sure!
  • At the Water's Edge on Sep. 14, 2015

    This was a short story about a mermaid who goes to the surface and meets 2 humans. The description of what the mermaid looked like was very different to the picture on the cover of the book though!