ARC Review: Just One Kiss by Jami Wagner

justonekiss-wagner-ebookAuthor: Jami Wagner

Tittle: Just One Kiss

Series: Black Alcove, book 1 [Can be read as a standalone]

Genre: Contemporary, Romance, [New-Adult]

Page count and format: 177 pages, Ebook

Expected publication: October 12th 2015

Source: I received an eARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

My rating: PicsArt_1431077886446


Blurb (from Goodreads):

A first kiss is hard to forget—and Kelsey Brian’s just walked into the bar where she works and isn’t planning to leave anytime soon. It figures. With her last semester of college finally here, Kelsey can’t wait to finish the year smoothly and start a new chapter. She doesn’t need to drive over yet another bump in the road.

Ethan Connelly has spent most of his adult life trying to be accepted by his father, and now he has the chance to make him proud. He’s also just stepped into another chance with the girl who got away. Deciding who matters most to him isn’t an easy choice. If he picks his father, he’ll lose her again—if he picks her, everything he’s worked for will be for nothing.

Can Kelsey learn to trust him, or will Ethan’s secret of why he’s really back in town tear them apart?


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This book was short and sweet. I liked it though I didn’t fall in love with it, I think mainly because of the main character Ethan. But nonetheless there were some great and hilarious scenes which made me laugh so hard.

The story revolves around the life of Kelsey who is a college student and works part time in a bar run by her best friend, Sara. She is shocked to hear that Sara is going out for a world tour and leaving the bar in charge of her cousin Ethan. She and Ethan had a bit of history, they had kissed once while Ethan still had a girlfriend and she greatly dislikes cheaters because her best friend slash boyfriend cheated on her. She decides to focus fully on her work and college but it becomes hard when Ethan comes into the scene. They finally confess they like each other but there’s a bigger motif for Ethan’s coming here and if it’s revealed, it might destroy everything they had hoped to build.

The plot was pretty clichéd, this kind of plot is becoming so obvious everywhere but still the execution greatly matters and here, it felt flat for me. I was really hoping to enjoy this book very much but it didn’t happen though I won’t say I hated it, it was an okay read and I liked it. It came as a shock when I learnt about Ethan’s actual reason of coming here and that he agreed to play by his father’s plan just for his approval though deep down he knew that was never going to happen. The plot twist was good but after that everything just escalated a bit too quickly for my taste. Their attraction was also a bit too immediate but I did enjoy the romance between Kelsey and Ethan through the book.

The characters were okay. I couldn’t relate with them much. Kelsey was a hard working person, caring and passionate about her writing. She hated cheaters and hoped that Ethan wouldn’t turn out like the rest of them and she gave a fair chance to him. I didn’t like Ethan a bit. He just kept blowing the chances that Kelsey gave him. If I were in her place, I wouldn’t have given him that much chances. He knew what he was doing was wrong yet ke kept doing that and hurting Kelsey in the process. And when everything blew up in his face, he didn’t even fight for her. His excuse- she didn’t want him. What even! Ethan was a perfect example of a coward, he definitely wasn’t the swoon worthy guy I was expecting.

The writing was simple and easy to read. This book was short, so I finished it quite easily in two sittings. The pace was even throughout the book. I enjoyed the flow of the dialogues and the conversation between the friends.

Overall, Just One Kiss was an okay read for me. The plot was clichéd and the characters were somewhat okay. I couldn’t connect with them. Though I enjoyed the romance and there were quite a few hilarious scenes which were awsome. The writing was smooth and the pace was even throughout the book.

Recommend it?

Maybe you could give it a try if you like NA books and see if you like it or not.


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Review: Shifter: City of Wolves – Blog Tour + Giveaway!

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Welcome to my tour stop of “Shifter: City of Wolves” by Avery Burch hosted by Xpresso Book Tours. You can view the full tour schedule here.


ShifterAuthor: Avery Burch

Tittle: Shifter: City of Wolves

Series: Shifter series, book 1

Genre: Paranormal, Romance, [New-Adult]

Page count and format: 231 pages, Ebook

Published: August 3rd, 2015

Source: I received a digital copy of this book from Xpresso Book Tours as a part of this blog tour in exchange for an honest review.

My rating: PicsArt_1431077886446


Blurb (from Goodreads):

She’s an elite. He’s a wolf and an outcast. Their forbidden passion will move worlds.

Everyone knows that wolves love with a passion that can be dangerous. They imprint on a woman and never let her go. From the moment they love their female, they will kill for her, and die for her.

Lyla is more than rich. She’s one of The Elite, a paranormal class that rules society with an iron fist. She arrives in Manhattan to begin training as an enforcer.

Zac is an orphan, an outcast, and a shifter. Turning into a wolf is an unforgivable crime in the elite regime. Enforcers hunt down and kill anyone who can shift.

When Zac and Lyla meet, they know love is hopeless, but their powerful attraction is simply too great. Fighting to overcome the ruthlessness of their society, Zac and Lyla learn that true love can overcome any obstacle, but not without dire consequences.


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First of all, I loove the cover, it’s so beautiful and gorgeous.  I did enjoy the storyline of this book though I didn’t fall in love with it but I did enjoy the ride.

Summary-

Lyla is an elite, she has grown up into a strict family where she is groomed to become an enforcer, the one who kills the shifters mercilessly. She has been promised to her sadist uncle, Oswald for marriage since her childhood and she has no freedom of her own though she dreams of breaking free from this ruthless society. Zac is a shifter, he comes to New York with his friend Jason to start a new life where he meets Lyla and they both fall in love with each other. He realises she is his fated mate and he would do anything to protect her and keep her safe. But when the elite society, or rather Oswald declares full on war on the common people, they have to decide what’s worth fighting for.

Plot-

The plot was nice. It was definitely different and fresh. But I do think it had much more potential but it felt flat for me but nonetheless it was enjoyable. I enjoyed the description of the elite society and how they ruled by their iron fist. They thought of the shifters as the lowest category of animals and they wanted to wipe them out of the society. It was pretty ruthless what they did to the shifters they caught. I liked the action, it was pretty fast paced and I loved Lyla’s powers and how she took control of it. I do love forbidden romance but the romance here was somewhat okay for me. It was insta-love and there was no build up between the two characters. They just met one day and they were in love the next day, I understand they were fated mates but still it just happened to fast. But I did like their interactions.

Characters-

I had a hard time connecting with the characters but nonetheless I liked them. Lyla was an elite, she was groomed to be a torturer but she was full of compassion. She didn’t want to be ruthless like her so-called father who was famous for inventing the torture system. I definitely liked her compassionate side, she was also sweet and caring. Zac was impulsive, mainly it was because of his shifter instinct. But he was fiercely protective of Lyla. He was ready to give up on his life if something happened to Lyla.

I liked the other side characters. Stella, Lyla friend, was quite like her, stuck in a ruthless life, but she was a good friend. Zac’s friends Jason and Jackman were really nice and loyal as well.

Writing style-

The writing was simple and smooth. It was pretty fast paced which I definitely liked. I raced through the book and finished it quite easily. Some portions did feel like a bit repetitive but I breezed through it. It was quite a fast read.

Overall-

Shifter: City of Wolves was a book that I did enjoy though it didn’t leave any permanent mark on me. The plot was nice, it was different but it felt a little flat for me. The characters were nice. The writing style was smooth and it was fast paced. The romance was okay for me but I did enjoy the action very much.

Recommend it?

Yes.


Author Bio:

Avery_BurchAvery Burch is a hot new paranormal romance author and her series, Shifter: City of Wolves is going to have a huge impact. She writes chilling tales of shifters and heart-wrenching stories of love and lust. If you like your romance spicy, your shifters sexy, your love stories intense, and your heroines passionate, then her books are for you.She lives in Toronto, Canada.

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Review: The Institute by Kayla Howarth

24340711Author: Kayla Howarth

Tittle: The Institute

Series: The Institute trilogy, book 1

Genre: Dystopia, [Young-Adult]

Page count and format: 186 pages, Ebook

Published: January 7th 2015 by Smashwords

Source: I received a digital copy of this book from the author via Goodreads in exchange for an honest review.

My rating: PicsArt_1431077886446


Blurb (from Goodreads):

Living in constant fear. Always looking over your shoulder. The source of your fear? The Institute.

Allira Daniels will do anything to keep her Defective brother safe from the Institute. They claim to protect Defectives, but it’s human nature to fear the unknown. Defectives are dangerous, they possess abilities that no human should be able to. To Allira and the rest of her family, the Institute seems more like a prison than the safe-haven they promote themselves to be. Protecting Shilah from that fate is their number one priority.

When Allira stumbles across a car crash involving two of her school classmates, she ignores all of her father’s warnings of laying low and not drawing attention to herself. By doing so, she may have just caught the eye of the Institute. She’s not Defective, but what seventeen-year-old girl has the ability to pull two teenage boys away from a fiery rubble and walk away without a scratch? It would definitely be seen as suspicious.

Allira and her family need to make decisions. Do they stay, or do they flee again? Will they be coming for her? Will her whole family come under investigation? Will they discover Shilah and his ability to predict the future?

Are you Defective? The Institute is coming for you.


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This book was good, the plot was good, the characters were likeable. Although I didn’t feel much exited during the story, but nonetheless I enjoyed it and I really look forward to read the rest of the series.

Summary-

Allira lives in a world where the people who possess extra abilities are known as “defectives” and they are kept separated from the normal population. The Institute is the place where the government keeps the defectives and they promise a safe environment for them but no one ever comes back from the Institute. Allira’s brother, Shilah is defective, she and her father tries every possible way to lay low and not to get caught but when there’s an accident she couldn’t stay away and helps her two classmates from a burning car and that immediately brings her under the radar. When there’s a different turn of events and she know’s her brother will be caught, she makes plans to get her brother to escape with her boyfriend Drew with whom she bonded after the accident. But things don’t go according to the plan when someone from the inside turns to be a betrayer.

Plot-

I definitely liked the plot, it had a lot of action and things were constantly happening. My only problem was that nothing felt much new, I sort of guessed what was going to happen. But nonetheless I was pretty surprised by the plot twist. It was out of the blue and I felt as betrayed as Allira. I really felt bad for her, not only she had to loose her freedom but she had to go through extreme torture under the Institute because they thought she was not telling the truth. Well there was more than one twist, it was really awsome. The training for being a field agent was something I enjoyed, it portrayed more clearly what exactly when inside the Institute and I felt so bad after reading about the conditions of the defectives who didn’t cooperate. I felt the romantic aspect was a bit rushed but I understand the reason, it was something necessary for the plot.

Characters-

The characters were pretty good. I liked Allira, she was strong, caring and fiercely protective about her brother but I think she trusted people a bit too easily and that taught her a tough lesson. I didn’t like Drew. Nope, not a bit. I though he was somewhat okay at the beginning but then I wanted him as my punching bag. But I loved the cousins, Tate and Chad. Tate was somewhat of a brother/friend to Allira and I really enjoyed their relationship. He was just so sweet. And Chad, yeesh, he grew on me. He was really caring and sweet and I definitely wanted Allira and Chad together, though I’m bummed nothing happened. Hopefully something will happen in the next book, perhaps. Shilah was an okay character for me, I didn’t hate him but I didn’t like him much either. It took a long time for him to understand that his sister was just trying to protect him, I’m glad he came to his senses soon.

Writing style-

The writing was simple and easy to read. I easily breezed through the book and I would have completed it in one sitting but I had to sleep cause it was already 3 am, so I finished it the next day. Pace really matters to me and thankfully this book was pretty fast paced and I liked it. This was a pretty awsome debut novel and I enjoyed the writing, I was never bored for a second.

Overall-

The Institute was a book that I definitely enjoyed. The plot was good though I felt it lacked a unique element, the characters were likeable and the pace was pretty fast which I definitely liked. The writing was smooth and simple and I finished this book quite easily. It had a great load of actions and the plot twists were really great. Specially the ending was a big surprise. I think everything will improve on a large angle and I can’t wait to read what happens next. Hopefully I get to read the next book pretty soon.

Recommend it?

Absolutely if you love this genre, this book will definitely appeal to you.


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ARC Review: Shattered Blue by Lauren Bird Horowitz

25953603Author: Lauren Bird Horowitz

Tittle: Shattered Blue

Series: The Light Trilogy, book 1

Genre: Fantasy, Romance, [Young-Adult]

Page count and format: 336 pages, Ebook

Expected publication: September 15th 2015 by Skyscape

Source: I received an eARC of this book from Skyscape and Two Lions via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

My rating: PicsArt_1431077886446


Blurb (from Goodreads):

For Noa and Callum, being together is dangerous, even deadly. From the start, sixteen-year-old Noa senses that the mysterious transfer student to her Monterey boarding school is different. Callum unnerves and intrigues her, and even as she struggles through family tragedy, she’s irresistibly drawn to him. Soon they are bound by his deepest secret: Callum is Fae, banished from another world after a loss hauntingly similar to her own.

But in Noa’s world, Callum needs a special human energy, Light, to survive; his body steals it through touch—or a kiss. And Callum’s not the only Fae on the hunt. When Callum is taken, Noa must decide: Will she sacrifice everything to save him? Even if it means learning their love may not be what she thought?


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Shattered Blue was a book that had definitely some new and fresh elements. The cover is so gorgeous. The concept, the characters were very intriguing. However I didn’t fall in love it with it but I did enjoy it nonetheless.

Summary-

When Callum comes to Monterey boarding school, Noa feels immediately attracted to him. However she senses he’s different from the rest of them. They begin to grow close after Callum gives up resisting to stay away from Noa. He divulges the truth about his existence- that he’s a fae and he’s banished from his home dimension because he took the blame for his brother, Judah about their sister’s death. Judah mysteriously appears into their life without stating his actual reason of being here. It’s not long before Callum is captured by a hunter sent by their father and Noa and Judah set on the journey to find him. Bitter truths are revealed and a tragic incident occurs which spins their action into entirely something unpredictable.

Plot-

The plot was fresh and unique. I really enjoyed it. The concept about the faes was totally awsome and unique. They were divided into four colour categories- red, blue, green and clear, it was definitely something which intrigued me and made me want to find out more about them. I hadn’t read anything like this before. I loved the explanation that Callum gave of their realm and how things worked there. It made everything more clear to understand why and how things were going on. But something nagged me, I don’t know what but I always felt that something was missing. I enjoyed the romance between Callum and Noa though I felt it was a bit rushed, I understand it was necessary for the plot to move forward but it just escalated a bit too quickly. Nonetheless, I loved how things were executed, specially the last portion of the book where so many twists and turns were thrown into the way, it was literally awsome and jaw dropping.

Characters-

I liked the characters, they were intriguing but I had a hard time connecting with them. I didn’t feel much emotionally invested in them. Noa was a nice character, she was caring, passionate and a budding writer. Her love for her little sister Sasha, how she cared and worried about her, was the thing I loved the most about her. Sasha was totally adorable and definitely my favourite character, she was just so sweeeeet. I liked Callum, he was different, warm and caring. He went to great extent just to be with Noa but I did feel sad and angry because he was holding back so many secrets. Judah was a character I definitely favoured more than Callum. At first he seemed like a jerk but he was totally something else underneath, situations made him that way and I felt so bad for him. He already played an important role in this book, I know it’s going to be much more in the next book and I so want to read that. And yes there is a love triangle but it’s really well written, I can’t wait to know how it takes its next turn.

Writing style-

The writing was beautiful. It’s another of one of the main reason I liked this book. Though I felt that the pace was not even throughout the book, the story was slow at first and it took its time to pick up the pace which was a down factor for me. I had a difficult time to read a good number of pages at a time, I had to stop and take breaks and it took quite a number of sitting for me to finish this book though this drastically changed towards the last portion where I pretty much raced to finish it.

Overall-

This book was really intriguing, the plot was fresh and new and I enjoyed the concept very much, the characters were good but I had a hard time connecting with them. The writing was beautiful and the love triangle was handled really well. I loved how things were executed overall and the twists and turns really blew my mind. I definitely want to continue this series and see how everything goes, specially after how everything ended in a cliffhanger. I can’t wait to read the next book.

Recommend it?

Yes if you like slow but an intriguing storyline with great twists and turns.


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Review: Deal Breakers by Laura Lee

25747720Author: Laura Lee

Tittle: Deal Breakers

Series: Dealing With Love, book 1. [Can be read as a standalone.]

Genre: Contemporary, Romance, [New-Adult]

Page count and format: 192 pages, Ebook

Published: September 1st 2015 by LAN Fiction LLC

Source: I received an eARC of this book from LAN Fiction LLC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

My rating: PicsArt_1431077886446


Blurb (from Goodreads):

How were they supposed to know that one night would change everything?

Devyn has life all mapped out. She just needs to accomplish one more thing before graduating college and becoming a full-fledged adult—lose her virginity. And who better to assist her than her best friend, Riley?

Riley is the self-proclaimed king of fling. His college years have been filled with meaningless hookups until the one night that ruined him for all other women. The one night he spends with his best friend, Devyn. Right before he screws it all up.

Balls to the wall, baby!

Now five years later, Riley is determined to atone for his mistakes and prove that he can be the man that Devyn deserves. Little does he know that Devyn’s been keeping a secret from him all these years. A big secret. Now he has to figure out how to win back the only girl he’s ever loved while navigating the pitfalls of her unexpected revelation.


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So, I’m sort of a sucker of New-Adult college romances and though the plot was the same old I decided to give it a try. Deal Breakers was a book that was fun and light hearted. It was told in alternate POVs of both the main characters which made it easy to understand what they were feeling and going through, throughout the book. I didn’t fall in love with thus book but I did enjoy it.

Summary– Devyn and Riley had been best friends since they met in college. Though Riley wanted something more, Devyn was not ready for anything so they settled for just friends. But before graduation Devyn confesses that she’s a virgin and requests Riley that she wants him to be the one she looses her virginity to because she trusts him the most and promises they’ll return to the way they were. But after a night of passion she realises he’s something more than friends to her and confesses her feelings and Riley panicks and breaks all their connection leaving Devyn heartbroken. After five years they meet again and this time Riley wants her back in his life but he doesn’t know the huge secret that she has been carrying for the last five years.

PlotThe plot was good but it lacked in depth and it was predictable. I felt everything happened a bit too fast and smoothly. Of course there’s nothing wrong with the plot moving smoothly but a few more bumpy rides would have made it a bit more mature. But it was enjoyable nonetheless. Everybody could easily tell what the big secret was and hence made the plot predictable. I would have loved if there was more depth in the story.

CharactersI liked the characters but I had a hard time connecting with them. I just couldn’t bring myself to care for them, I wasn’t invested emotionally. Devyn was a good and likeable character, she was fun, caring and a good friend. She became an emotional wreck after Riley broke her heart but she handled herself very maturely. Riley was the most biggest manwhore but he was a good friend, he initially backed out when Devyn confessed her feelings but he took his second chance very seriously and didn’t waste a single opportunity to get her back. I liked the side characters, they were pretty great and supportive.

Writing styleThe writing was okay and easy to read. The pace was a bit too fast, I would have liked if it moved at a normal and steady pace. But it was a short and fast read, I easily finished this book in one sitting.

Overall– The plot was nice but predictable, the characters were likeable but I couldn’t connect with them easily. The writing was simple and the pace moved a bit too fast. I would have liked some more depth and passion in the novel but overall it was light-hearted and enjoyable.

Recommend it? 

Yes, you could give this a chance if you like this kind of plot line but be aware of the predictability.


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ARC Review: The Child Garden by Catriona McPherson

24586135Author: Catriona McPherson

Tittle: The Child Garden

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Genre: Mystery/Suspense, Adult

Page count and format: 336 pages, Ebook

Expected publication: September 8th 2015 by Midnight Ink

Source: I received a eARC copy of this book by the publisher, Midnight Ink through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

My rating: PicsArt_1431077886446


Blurb (from Goodreads):

Eden was its name. “An alternative school for happy children.” But it closed in disgrace after a student’s suicide. Now it’s a care home, its grounds neglected and overgrown. Gloria Harkness is its only neighbor, staying close to her son who lives there in the home, lighting up her life and breaking her heart each day.

When a childhood friend turns up at her door, Gloria doesn’t hesitate before asking him in. He claims a girl from Eden is stalking him and has goaded him into meeting her at the site of the suicide. Only then, the dead begin to speak—it was murder, they say.

Gloria is in over her head before she can help it. Her loneliness, her loyalty, and her all-consuming love for her son lead her into the heart of a dark secret that threatens everything she lives for.


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This book kind is apparently my first approval in Netgalley. You guys know how much I love the mystery/thriller/suspense genre. I was drawn to the blurb and the creepy cover which made me want to read this book. I wanted to love this book but it didn’t manage to capture my attention.

The story is about a woman named Gloria who lives nearby Eden, a care home where his son is admitted who suffers from PKNR which is pantothenate kinase-associated neurodegeneration, I had to look it up online to see what this was as Gloria never really tells us about it. One day while returning home a small incident occurs on the road and the the driver of the other car follows her. They recognise each other from school and she invites him in where he finally tells why he is here. Another of their classmate April Cowman has asked to meet her in the huttie to talk about a murder which happened during their time in school. Gloria decides to accompany him there but when they reach there they find April’s dead body and from there they discover various chain of incidents all relating back to the incident happened once long ago and she sets out to find the actual truth of what happened that night.

I believe the plot is definitely the main factor in the mystery/thriller/suspense genre. The plot in this book was good but not incredible enough to capture my attention overall. I felt a lot confused in various portions and had to reread them multiple times. It definition had potential but felt flat for me. But the last 10% was really incredible and the pace suddenly picked up and I was panting to know what happened next. If only this pace was maintained throughout the novel, it would have been awsome.

The mystery aspect was okay. Gloria is a good character but I had a hard time connecting with her. She sets out to find out the truth about the death that took place in Eden that led to the suspension of the teacher in charge and in closing of the school. She finds out that a lot of them are already dead, mostly by suicide which doesn’t actually seem right and she discovers they might be the next target. Unfortunately I didn’t get the chill while reading this, also some parts were boring that made me want to put this book down but I carried on. I was definitely surprised by the last 10% and when the mystery was uncovered I was like, omg freaking shit! I definitely didn’t expect that.

Overall, the plot was good and neatly executed but it failed to capture my attention. The characters and the mystery aspect were okay. The pace was really slow throughout the book which was a down factor for me but it did pick up its speed during the last 10% and surprised the hell out of me. The writing was a okay, a bit complicated and I had to reread a few portions. Other than that I did enjoy this novel.

Recommend it?

If you love this genre and have patience for a slow storyline, then you could give this one a try.


So guys have you read this one? Or do you plan to read this?

Review: Fire in Frost by Alicia Rades

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Tittle: Fire in Frost

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Genre: Fantasy, Young-Adult

Page count and format: 157 pages, Ebook

Published: 2015 by PaperPlane Publishing

Source: I received a digital copy of this book from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.

My rating: PicsArt_1431077886446


Blurb (from Goodreads):

Crystal Frost has spent her whole life believing she’s ordinary, and her mother has long held the secret of her heritage. When Crystal begins seeing the ghost of a dead classmate, her life spirals out of control. She’s faced with the threat that everyone will find out she’s a freak, as if the struggle to figure out her new-found abilities wasn’t enough pressure. Crystal has to find some way to save the people who have come to her for help all while trying to keep her abilities a secret. Will she be able to fulfill these overwhelming demands while solving the mystery that is the ghost of Olivia Owen?


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Fire in Frost definitely was a different kind of read. Though I wanted to love it, I didn’t but I did like it. It was something fresh and new. It was mostly because of the gorgeous cover that drew me in.

The story is about a girl named Crystal who learns that she has psychic abilities. She starts seeing the ghost of her dead classmate, Olivia who seems to send her a message that she wants help. She’s confused and afraid to let anyone know her truth but then one of her classmate finds it out and somewhat blackmails her into helping her best friend from an abusive relationship. She figures somehow all this is related to one thing as she decides to help solve the mystery.

The plot was good, it definitely had a lot of potential but it kinda fell flat for me. Not that it wasn’t intersting but it was kinda predictable. I would have really loved if there more emphasis about the ghost of Olivia and the mystery factor. Nonetheless it was quite enjoyable how everything played out in the story. I loved the psysic thing and how Crystal handled everything so maturely. People would have generally backed out eventually in her situation but she stayed put to find everything out and help Olivia whatever it took.

The characters were really great. I loved each and every character. Crystal was a pretty strong protagonist, she handled every situation maturely and she knew what she wanted. Her friends were pretty awsome too, specially Emma. She was so bubbly and chirpy, I immediately liked her. And when Crystal told her that she was a psychic she easily believed her without a doubt and was exited and thrilled beyond imagination. I would definitely love a friend like her in my life. Her two best friends were loyal to her and didn’t let her secret out. Crystal’s mother was a lovable and caring character, she tried to help Crystal every way possible.

The writing was pleasant and easy to read. The book flew by easily and I was engaged into the story from the start. I just wished there was more focus on the mystery aspect and some action in the plot. Though the pace was fast from the beginning and I didn’t feel bored even for a second.

Overall, the plot was good, the characters were awsome, the writing style was pretty pleasant and it was an enjoyable read.

Recommend it?

Yes, if you are in the mood to read some light YA.


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Review: The Dating Intervention by Hilary Dartt – Blog Tour + Giveaway!

The Dating Intervention bannerWelcome to my stop during the blog tour for The Dating Intervention by Hilary Dartt. This blog tour is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours. The blog tour runs from 1 till 14, you can view the complete tour schedule on the website of Lola’s Blog Tours. This is the first book in the Intervention series.


The Dating InterventionAuthor: Hilary Dartt

Tittle: The Dating Intervention

Series: The Intervention series #1

Genre: Contemporary, Adult

Release Date: August 1, 2015

Source: I received a digital copy of this book as a part of the blog tour in exchange for an honest review.

My rating: PicsArt_1431077886446


Blurb (from Goodreads):

When Delaney Collins’s fail-proof dating system fails completely, her best friends Summer and Josie take absolute control of her dating life through The Dating Intervention. Although Delaney’s intuition is always right on when it comes to men, she never listens to it. If she doesn’t start now—with her friends’ help—she’s in danger of ending up alone and lonely in a sea of men with stained neckties and cumbersome baggage.


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The Dating Intervention is a funny and humorous story. Although I didn’t exactly fall in love with it but I liked it a lot, specially the friendship aspect of this book which was really good.

The story is about a woman named Delaney who is in her thirties and is still single. She has made a “fail-proof” system of dating so that if it doesn’t work out with one guy, she can always fall back on another. But she keeps choosing the wrong guys which never work out for her. Finally her best friends Summer and Josie, having their best interest in heart decide to stop all this and find her a loving and caring life partner. For this, they start a scheme called “The Dating Intervention” where all the decisions of her dating life would be taken by her two best friends. Reluctant at first she finally agrees and it takes her into a whirlwind journey where she finally meets her match.

The plot was good. It was something new to read about. Delaney was a bartender and she loved her job although she graduated with a veterinary degree. By the push from her friends she finally agreed to look for a veterinary job and after a lot of rejection she finally got one. Her friends fully taok over her dating life, they choose a few guys from dating sites with whom Delaney was allowed to go on a date but she was never allowed to cross the rules. Finally she meets Jake on one of her dates and she begins to take genuine interest in him. Although things didn’t go as swiftly planned but I loved how everything was resolved neatly at the end.

The characters were pretty awsome, specially Josie and Summer. They were really concerned about Delaney because she kept choosing the same kind of loser guys. I loved how they did everything for Delaney’s benefit but sometimes it seemed they crossed the line and intruded in her privacy too much but well Delaney never seemed to mind much although it annoyed the hell out of her. Delaney was an okay character. I didn’t quite love her. She kept repeating her mistakes when it was blatantly obvious and she was also sometimes winy. She would have definitely ended up alone if her friends weren’t there for her. Nonetheless I specially loved the bond between these three, they were best friends since high school and they have been in each other’s life since then. The main love interest Jake is apparently gorgeous but I would have loved if there a few more interactions between these two, the romance was good but I wished it was much more.

The writing was good and easy to read. Though sometimes I felt the book was too long, but nonetheless it was enjoyable. It was engaging and interesting.

Overall, the plot was good, the characters differed, some I loved and some not so much. And the writing was simple and easy. The Dating Intervention was definitely a fun and enjoyable read.

Recommend it?

Yes, if you like adult novels with friendship and humour and less romance.


HilaryAuthor Bio:
Hilary Dartt is an author and freelance writer who grew up among the redwoods and hippies of California and now lives among the cacti and cowboys of the wild west. She and her husband live in Arizona’s high desert with their children and an assortment of pets, including five chickens. To maintain sanity and quiet her inner critic, Hilary runs, drinks wine and eats chocolate. She’s the author of The Intervention Series: The Dating Intervention, The Marriage Intervention and The Motherhood Intervention. Learn more at http://www.hilarydartt.com/.

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Review: True Calling by Siobhan Davis

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Tittle: True Calling

Series: True Calling series, book 1

Genre: Sci-fi, Dystopia, Romance, Young-Adult

Page count and format: 258 pages, Ebook

Published: October 2014 by Siobhan Davis (first published July 28th 2014)

Source: I received a digital copy of this book from the author via Goodreads in exchange for an honest review.

My rating: PicsArt_1431077886446


Blurb (from Goodreads):

TWO DIFFERENT WORLDS. ONE SHARED DREAM.

Planet Novo, nestled in space twelve hundred miles above the surface of the Earth, is the new home of 17-year-old Cadet Ariana Skyee. Confused by the government-sanctioned memory erase and distressed at her impending forced marriage and motherhood, Ariana’s plans for the future are thrown into complete disarray.

As the traumatic events within her family life enfold, Ariana grows increasingly alarmed at the authorities apparent pre-occupation with her and feels progressively more isolated and alone.

Her growing feelings for fellow Cadet Cal Remus intensify as the recently announced pageant, ‘The Calling’, gets underway. Struggling to comprehend the continuous, inexplicable dreams of the mysterious Zane, discovering the past helps shape her future, with devastating personal consequences.


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It’s so difficult to resist yourself when the cover is so gorgeous and the blurb is so intriguing. So, generally I signed up for up for it and I was really impressed with the book. I didn’t fall in love with it but I liked it.

The plot is quite interesting. This book takes place on Planet Novo, which is a man-made planet to protect people from the dangers currently going on Earth. But not everybody gets access to it, there are a bunch of tests that one has to pass and also they have to be in the best heath condition, only then they are allowed to reside in Planet Novo. This system sort of separated the stronger from the weak.

The story is about a girl called Ariana Skyee who is a cadet in Planet Novo and who is one of the best choices for the Earth to survive. There is a different kind of life there, everything at first glance seems great but deeply this is all the work of government who is controlling the people with chips and techno things. Also, the concept of “The Calling” was pretty intriguing. Everybody from a certain age has to attain this ceremony where they will be matched for marriage to ensure the a healthy population growth keeps growing in Novo.

As much as I liked the plot, I had a hard time connecting with the characters, specially Ariana. Although I didn’t exactly hate her but she was pretty irritating at times. She was quite unsure about her feelings for Cal, who is another cadet there. One moment she says she hates him, then the next moment he’s making her feel all weak inside. Their connection was pretty instant. I actually don’t hate insta-love that much but I didn’t like it here. Because I think I was rooting for Zane all along. He’s the mysterious guy that Ariana sees in her dreams and later she is able to silently communicate with him as well.

I liked Zane, a lot. I also felt so bad for him, he is Ariana’s childhood sweetheart but Ariana doesn’t remember anything about him because everybody who lives in Novo, their previous memories have been erased. They don’t remember anything connected to earth and Zane is still on earth, he didn’t gain access because of his heart condition. He longs for the day to be able to get her back. This ends up with Ariana caught up in a love triangle and she slowly discovers a lot of other complicated thing things that puts her life at risk.

The writing was smooth and I could easily finish this book in a few days. But I felt there was more telling than showing. Overall, the plot was great, the characters were somewhat okay, it was fast paced. I loved the mysterious aspect of the book, I wanted to know what was going to happen next and that kept me running!

Recommend it?

I think everybody should give this a try! 🙂


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ARC Review: Disenchanted by Janet Ursel

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25737836Author: Janet Ursel

Tittle: Disenchanted

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Genre: Christian fantasy

Page count and format: 428 pages, Ebook

Expected publication: July 14th 2015 by Vox Dei Publishing

Source: I received a free ebook from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

My rating: PicsArt_1431077886446


Blurb (from Goodreads):

In this Christian fantasy, one young wizard with a hunger for wisdom and some dangerous secrets finds himself pitted against another ready to reach for power with the darkest forces possible.

Wizards have never in the history of Coventree, renounced Wizardry. But Blayn Goodwin finds himself growing detached from the practice of Wizardry, even as he rises through the ranks to become the youngest member of the Supreme Council. He has lost interest in the usual gods in favor of a god without a name, not that he makes that fact public.

Edgar Savile has his own traitorous secrets and kidnaps Blayn’s eldest son to prevent Blayn from probing into them. Meanwhile the Supreme Wizard, suspicious of Edgar, sends Blayn to retrieve an ancient book from the Other World, hoping it will arm them against Edgar’s treachery.

What Blayn finds is not what anyone expects, and threatens to tear Coventree’s fraying system apart at the seams.


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I was pretty intrigued by the blurb when I first received the request to review this book. I’m glad I said yes because I throughly enjoyed the novel.

Let’s delve right into the plot. It is beautifully woven. It actually combined of three generation. But it mainly focused on Blayn, the son of the wizard, Cedric Farnworth. Blayn is gifted with truesight, i.e. he can understand if someone is lying or withholding the truth. He also marries the woman he falls in love with but is forced to keep it a secret because the wizard world doesn’t believe in such things. Meanwhile, the black wizards from the North threaten to take over their lands by placing spies and working their black magic behind their backs. As a means to find help and to take care of the black wizard named Edgar, Blayn is sent on a mission to recover a book from the other world. When he finally studies the book, he discovers a God he never knew existed and his whole point of view changes about the world and everything.

The characters were uniquely fleshed out. I specially loved Blayn’s character. He is wise and always eager for more knowledge and when he brings out the book from the other world and starts reading it, he becomes really intrigued. I was actually pretty surprised because the book is actually the Bible. As he reads it, he becomes more confident in his view of only one God and pledges his life to spread this view.

In the first portion of the book I was quite confused that where it was actually going but as soon as Blayn finds out the truth about Edgar, it takes a particular direction.

The writing is smooth and easy to read but the pace is quite slow throughout the book. When it comes to a fantasy novel, I always love a fast-paced plot but this doesn’t happen here and because of that I sometimes got a bit bored.

Disenchanted shows us the the power of God and the love between God and humans which would always help to triumph over evil.

Recommend it?

If you love Christian fantasy, then you should go for it.