Review: The Elite & The One by Kiera Cass || Where I finally bid goodbye to this series

Title: The Elite and The One
Author: Kiera Cass
Series: The Selection, book 2 and 3
Genre: Dystopia, Romance, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Cool
Page Count and Format: 323 pages, Paperback
Published: April 23rd, 2013 and June 5th, 2014 by HarperTeen respectively
Source: Purchased
My Rating:

Blurb (from Goodreads):

The Elite:

The Selection began with thirty-five girls. Now, with the group narrowed down to the Elite, the competition to win Prince Maxon’s heart is fiercer than ever- and America is still struggling to decide where her own heart truly lies. Is it with Maxon, who could make her life a fairy tale? Or with her first love, Aspen, who she always thought was the one?

America is desperate for more time. But the rest of the Elite know exactly what they want–and America’s chance to choose is about to slip away.

The One:

The Selection changed America Singer’s life in ways she never could have imagined. Since she entered the competition to become the next princess of Illéa, America has struggled with her feelings for her first love, Aspen—and her growing attraction to Prince Maxon. Now she’s made her choice . . . and she’s prepared to fight for the future she wants.


I read the first book in this series back in 2015 and since then the whole series has been collecting dust on my shelf and this year and I really wanted to finish all the unread books/full series from my shelf, so my finally picked this up. Honestly, I’m just glad I’m finished off with this series because it has been one of the most disappointing ones. Anyway, you can read my review of The Selection, here.

“Love is beautiful fear.” 

When America came to participate in the Selections, her heart wasn’t truly in the competition but it was before she came to know Maxon. Now her heart is torn between him and her first love, Aspen who’s a soldier in the palace. The competition’s getting more fierce day by day and then there are the rebel attacks which are getting frequent as well. And when she realises the truth which changes her whole course, which path will America choose?

The Selection failed to make a mark on me because it was way too predictable though it had some good moments. Thr rebel attacks were one of the most interesting aspects of that book and I was really looking forward to more of it but there was seriously nothing in The Elite. Frankly, I didn’t quite understand the purpose of this book. I didn’t hate America like I have read so many reviews but her indecisiveness really irritated me. There is at least some point where one understands what one’s heart truly craves but America couldn’t till the very end of the last book. Seriously! It felt like she was close to deciding whom she wanted but the very next minute she was running away from that. Anyway, the plot doesn’t move anywhere in the 2nd book, it mostly swayed back and forth on the same point. I just wish this book would have more substance than the frustrating romance.

“Break my heart. Break it a thousand times if you like. 

It was only ever yours to break anyway.”

The One was definitely better than The Elite. This book did focus on the rebel sub-plot but just not as much as I would have loved. America’s indecisiveness continued in this book too and by this time, I had kinda already stopped caring but it was still infuriating. Maxon was such a sweet guy and when she asked for space, he gave her that but when Maxon asked for the same thing, she felt hurt and betrayed. Dude, why? She was pretty much doing the same thing behind his back, I didn’t know why she acted like a hypocrite.

Anyway, I didn’t really like Aspen anymore than I did in book 1. He kept appearing wherever I least wanted him to!! Celeste’s character gave me a whiplash but I definitely enjoyed her character but the thing with Kriss was kinda all of a sudden and oh well, it was all weird. Nonetheless, I enjoyed the plot twist but it was kinda already ruined for me and hence didn’t have much impact on me. Though the ending part made me emotional and with everything going on, I was really afraid at one point but the ending was definitely the saving grace of this whole trilogy, all the loose ends were wrapped up everything finally fell into place. And thank freaking goodness, the choosing ceremony finally happened!

“But even now I know this isn't a fairy tale. 
I know that we'll have hard times, confusing times. 
I know that things won't always happen the way we want them to and that we'll have to work to remember that we chose this. 
It won't be perfect, not all the time.

This isn't happily ever after.

It's so much more than that.” 

Overall, The Elite and The One were an okay read. The plot was predictable but neatly executed. These two books were definitely a fast read and the pace was even throughout the two books. I didn’t want to read book 4 after finishing this trilogy and it ended here for me.

Recommend it?

Maybe.


So guys, what do you think about this series? Is it one of your favourites or did you not enjoy it as much as you had hoped?

Review: Omega by Jus Accardo || Where things become a whole new level of crazy

Title: Omega
Author: Jus Accardo
Series: The Infinity Division, book 2
Genre: Science-fiction, Romance, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Cool
Page Count and Format: 320 pages, Ebook
Published: August 1st, 2017 by Entangled: Teen
Source: I received an eARC of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
My Rating:

4 stars

Blurb (from Goodreads):

One mistake can change everything. Ashlyn Calvert finds that out the hard way when a bad decision leads to the death of her best friend, Noah Anderson.

Only Noah isn’t really gone. Thanks to his parents’ company, the Infinity Division, there is a version of him skipping from one dimension to another, set on revenge for the death of his sister, Kori. When a chance encounter brings him face-to-face with Ash, he’s determined to resist the magnetic pull he’s felt for her time and time again. Because falling for Ash puts his mission in danger.

But there’s more going on in Ash’s alternate universe than either of them knows: a mysterious project called Omega. A conspiracy spanning multiple Earths and revolving around none other than Ash. Its creators would do anything to keep Omega secret…

Anything.


I usually forget most details about a first book in a series till the 2nd one comes out but for this series, I remember pretty much everything. And like the first one, this book didn’t disappoint and I had a hard time putting this book down. You can read my review of book 1: Infinity, here.

After the incident which left Kori’s cuff linked to Dylan, Cade and Noah join the ride to catch Dylan who won’t stop killing every Kori he finds in every dimension and gets his revenge and won’t stop until he finds Ava. They need to find her before he does. During these journeys, Noah has noticed one thing, in every dimension, he is with someone named Ash and when they get stuck on a particular one, the Ash from that planet is something else, their chemistry is explosive from the very start and getting involved with someone means inviting more danger but when they learn about a mysterious project known as Omega, things are about to get more tricky for them.

The first book in this series, Infinity was narrated from Cade and Kori’s perspective but this book is narrated from Noah, Kori’s brother and from Ash’s perspective which was a refreshing change though I loved Cade And Kori! Cade, Kori and Noah have only one target in mind, that is to catch Dylan before he kills more Koris but he can’t shake off the fact that one girl is his constant in every dimension. The plot was interesting from the very start. One thing or the other kept happening due to which I wasn’t bored for even a second. More characters are introduced in this book and my main curiosity was about the mysterious project Omega. And when we finally get to know the truth about Omega, it blew my mind! I mean seriously, the Cora of the dimension was seriously so evil and mean but I couldn’t believe she could get down to that level!

I loved to see the whole gang present in this book. Although I definitely wanted more of Cade and Kori, I wasn’t complaining because the chemistry between Noah and Ash was undeniable! Whatever little moments they shared, their chemistry was crystal clear. I wanted moooore of them but the situations they got into were highly unsuitable for romance so yeah, I understand. Ash was blamed for killing this dimension’s Noah when actually that wasn’t the case and of course, Omega had to be involved. I definitely enjoyed the mysterious aspect of this book and it was maintained well throughout the book.

Overall, Omega was a great read! The plot was pretty enjoyable and executed neatly. The characters were fun and witty and I loved reading about them. I especially loved the romance between Noah and Ash. The writing was smooth and easy to read and it was fast paced. After how everything ended in this book, I sooo can’t wait to see what happens next!

Recommend it?

Yes!


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Review: Artificial Sweethearts by Julie Hammerle || Utterly cliched and predictable

Title: Artificial Sweethearts
Author: Julie Hammerle
Series: North Pole, Minnesota, book 2 [Can be read as a standalone]
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Cool
Page Count and Format: 229 pages, Ebook
Expected Publication: July 10th 2017 by Entangled: Crush
Source: I received an eARC of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
My Rating:

Blurb (from Goodreads):

It’s not chemistry between Tinka Foster and Sam Anderson that made them agree to fake date. With her parents trying to set her up with an annoying pro-track golf student, and intentionally single Sam’s family pressuring him to bring a date to his brother’s wedding, they could both use a drama-free summer.

So it’s not his muscular arms and quick wit that makes Tinka suggest they tell everyone they’re both taken. Definitely not. And it’s not butterflies that makes a kiss for appearances during the lake party go on way too long—so long that Sam wishes it were real.

But Tinka keeps people at arm’s length—she’s always been second best, even to her parents. And her relationship-for-show could crush everything when she realizes she’s done with fake, pretend, and second-best.

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains bikinis at the lake, a lot of making out in dark theaters, and a meet-cute you’ll read twice.


I didn’t have much expectation for this book but still, I wanted a fluffy and cute read but I got nothing and this book massively bored me too. Anyway, you can read my review of book 1: Any Boy But You, here.

When Tinka comes home for her holidays, she finds her life uprooted as her parents have moved to a totally different place without even telling her for once. Also, she can’t overcome the guilt of the mistakes she did in the past. When her parents try to set her up with a boy of their choice, she quickly takes the closest option available, make Sam Anderson her fake boyfriend. But Tinka always runs when things turn complicated for her, so when her feelings for Sam begins to feel more than fake, what will she do?

The  plot of this book was utterly predictable. I am now losing count on how many fake boyfriend books I’ve read until now and seriously, it is kind of getting boring. But still some books with the same trope manage to surprise me but unfortunately this was not one of them. Sam and Tinka engage in the fake charade to get away from the unnecessary pressure from both of their families but soon the fake feelings begin to feel like real. Like the title, Artificial Sweethearts, this book kind of felt artificial too. I couldn’t feel any chemistry between our two main protagonists, Tinka and Sam and hence I couldn’t enjoy the romance either.

Another thing that I quite didn’t like was how Tinka’s family acted. It’s clear how the death of Tinka’s little brother still affected all of them but instead discussing and taking with Tinka, they chose the other way out. This I-don’t-care family trope really irritates me, I mean, most of the books I read, either the parents are dead or they don’t understand/care about their kids. Seriously, the real world doesn’t function like that!! Not everybody is like that. Anyway, I did like how finally Tinka stood up for herself which finally led to her parents confessing too. But shouldn’t the parents step up first, after all Tinka is just a kid too.

Anyway, I didn’t enjoy the other minor characters much either. Jane was a good friend to Tinka but she was too irritating sometimes and Karen simply didn’t want to give Tinka another chance at all which is understandable because Tinka was the one who messed it up in the first place. Though Tinka redeems herself, I just didn’t care much about her and hence my lack of interest. But I did enjoy how everything was tied up in the end.

Overall, Artificial Sweethearts was a predictable read. The plot was executed neatly but there was nothing new to it. I didn’t care for the characters much either. The writing was smooth and easy to read and the pace was even throughout the book.

Recommend it?

Maybe.


So guys, what are your thoughts on this book? Have you read any other book by this author?

Review: Falling for Forever by Melissa Chambers || Competitively Cute!

Title: Falling for Forever
Author: Melissa Chambers
Series: Before Forever, book 2 [Can be read as a standalone]
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Cool
Page Count and Format: 339 pages, Ebook
Expected Publication: July 3rd, 2017 by Entangled: Teen
Source: I received an eARC of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
My Rating:

Blurb (from Goodreads):

The second Jenna Quigley turns eighteen, she’s headed to L.A. to extend the timer on her fifteen minutes of fame. Too bad her dad made her promise to graduate high school first. Silver lining? Her new school has a serious talent competition with a $25,000 cash prize, which would go a long way in L.A. Jenna’s got plenty of talent—she didn’t almost win America’s Newest Sensation for nothing. But it’ll take everything she’s got to bring down the music nerd with a stick up his butt…no matter how cute he is in those glasses.

Miles Cleveland needs to win that talent contest. When some hot girl stole his audition spot on America’s Newest Sensation, his chance to study music flounced off to New York with her. Now, not only can he win enough money to pay for his education, he can get revenge on that very same girl. He can’t start to question his plan, though…no matter how deep Jenna buries into his heart.


This was such a cute read! It was absolutely perfect read that I wanted at that moment and I devoured it in a single sitting. You can read my review of book 1: The Summer Before Forever, here.

Jenna almost won America’s Newest Sensation but as a promise to her father, she has to complete her schooling where he wants before she can live her dream. Miles never forgot the chance that was stolen in a moment from him in the same audition and now Miles has to see her face every day because Jenna just enrolled in the very same school as his. His heart is set on winning the upcoming competition that his school holds and so is Jenna but when their hearts come in their way, what will they do?

I seriously loved this book so much!! Although I enjoyed book 1, I was not much of fan of it but this book was worth it. Jenna is all set to fly to L.A. to live her dream and try her career in singing but when her dad persuades her to complete her schooling here, she reluctantly agrees. But she didn’t know she had to face somebody like Miles when all she wanted was truce and his friendship. When she finally remembered the reason for Miles’s behaviour towards her, that she kind of accidentally stole his spot in the audition of America’s Newest Sensation, through Chloe, her best friend’s help, she was genuinely sorry and I loved how she handled everything, even when Miles’s best friend purposely messed some stuff up.

I really liked Miles. He was such a great guy and it was impossible not to fall for someone like Jenna. I loved their chemistry. Their relationship slowly proceeded and the angst was simply mind-blowing! xD Although Miles listened to his head instead of his heart, in the beginning, I loved how he finally understood what he needed. I also enjoyed the fact that there was no sacrificial stuff because love came in the way of the competition. Both of them handled the situation maturely and although Miles did mess up a little, I was glad they both weren’t afraid of some healthy competition between them. The minor characters were pretty interesting and I enjoyed the part they had to play in this story.

Overall, Falling for Forever was a great and fun read! The plot was executed neatly and I fell in love with the characters. I loved the romance between Miles and Jenna and I enjoyed the friendship between gang so much!! The writing was smooth and easy to read and the pace was even throughout the book. I definitely look forward to reading more by this author.

Recommend it?

Yes!


So guys, what are your thoughts on this book? Have you read any book by this author before?

Review: Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare || Which left me utterly heartbroken

Title: Lord of Shadows
Author: Cassandra Clare
Series: The Dark Artifices, book 2
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Slightly warm
Page Count and Format: 699 pages, Paperback
Published: May 23rd, 2017 by Simon & Schuster Children’s UK
Source: Purchased
My Rating: 

Blurb (from Goodreads):

Would you trade your soul mate for your soul?

A Shadowhunter’s life is bound by duty. Constrained by honor. The word of a Shadowhunter is a solemn pledge, and no vow is more sacred than the vow that binds parabatai, warrior partners—sworn to fight together, die together, but never to fall in love.

Emma Carstairs has learned that the love she shares with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, isn’t just forbidden—it could destroy them both. She knows she should run from Julian. But how can she when the Blackthorns are threatened by enemies on all sides?

Their only hope is the Black Volume of the Dead, a spell book of terrible power. Everyone wants it. Only the Blackthorns can find it. Spurred on by a dark bargain with the Seelie Queen, Emma; her best friend, Cristina; and Mark and Julian Blackthorn journey into the Courts of Faerie, where glittering revels hide bloody danger and no promise can be trusted. Meanwhile, rising tension between Shadowhunters and Downworlders has produced the Cohort, an extremist group of Shadowhunters dedicated to registering Downworlders and “unsuitable” Nephilim. They’ll do anything in their power to expose Julian’s secrets and take the Los Angeles Institute for their own.

When Downworlders turn against the Clave, a new threat rises in the form of the Lord of Shadows—the Unseelie King, who sends his greatest warriors to slaughter those with Blackthorn blood and seize the Black Volume. As dangers close in, Julian devises a risky scheme that depends on the cooperation of an unpredictable enemy. But success may come with a price he and Emma cannot even imagine, one that will bring with it a reckoning of blood that could have repercussions for everyone and everything they hold dear.


I picked up Lord of Shadows right after finishing Lady Midnight. This book lived up to my expectations in so many ways. As much as I loved this book, it also broke my heart and I am not going to recover completely until I get my fix, aka the conclusion to this trilogy!!! I sooo wish I could get it now because I am dying to know what’ll happen next!

*Spoilerish, mundanes!*

Surrounded by enemies, the only hope of breaking the cold peace and having the Seelie Queen by their side is if the Blackthorns and Emma can bring her the Black Volume of the Dead. Meanwhile, Emma relationship with Julian becomes more complicated due to their love for each other despite being parabatais. When faced with the ultimate challenge, will Julian and Emma be able to stop the Dearborns from taking their home, the Institute and from starting another war or will it result in a bloodbath?

I was sucked into this book from the very first page. The plot was seriously addicting! Emma continues with her fake relationship with Mark in hope of trying to get Julian to hate her. Despite that, the affection between them continues to grow. The fae realm always gives me kind of creeps but the adventure in those lands are equally memorable. So, when Gywn comes up with the news of Kieran’s execution for helping them, despite bitter feelings Mark goes out to help him and Emma, Julian and Christina follows. It was definitely an exciting and daring adventure, though the fae realm always leaves a mark. And Auther’s death was so sudden, I didn’t even know how to react to that!

“Sometimes the most ruthless heart speaks the most truth.”

Emma reminded me a lot of Jace, she is equally sassy and humorous as well as a kickass fighter. She continues to amaze me. And Julian. Oh, my dear Julian. Sighs. His love for Emma did make him scary sometimes but other than that nobody could be more loyal than that guy and his love for his family melted my heart but his planning of presenting Annabel in front of the Clave and getting the Black Volume anyhow showed another (a little sinister) part of him. Despite everything, the duo of Emma and Julian is everything!! Their chemistry was off the charts!

“It was terrifying to love someone who was forbidden to you. Terrifying to feel something you could never speak of, something that was horrible to almost everyone you knew, something that could destroy your life.”

The family aspect was as usual pretty awesome!! And the representation of Autism was done well once again. I simply loved Ty so much. Kit made a lot of appearance in this book and along with Livvy, these three made a great team! I especially loved the relationship between Ty and Kit, Kit was Ty’s Watson to his Sherlock!

“Fiction is truth, even if it is not fact. If you believe only in facts and forget stories, your brain will live, but your heart will die.”

Although I was wary of Mark in the first book but he totally earned my forgiveness. Although he misses the freedom of the sky, his loyalty to his family was commendable and also Cristina might have been a teeny-tiny reason too. Which brings me my next point, the trio of Mark, Cristina and Kieran was a little weird, I didn’t mind much but it sure felt like another love triangle though I am definitely team Mark and Cristina!

“I think you cannot root out love entirely. I think where there has been love, there will always be embers, as the remains of a bonfire outlast the flame.”

Annnnd Magnus was in this book! I love Magnus, so freaking much! ❤ I love how he and Alec pop up everytime somebody needs help. And I love his sense of humour! My heart broke after seeing Alec’s reaction after everything went down in the final meeting. The mess wouldn’t have happened if not for Dearborns and other downworlder haters. They are no good than Valentine and Zara, my god!! I hate her so freaking much! All of the anti-downworlders were narrow-minded as hell.I seriously hope she gets the deserved punishment for everything she did in her lifetime! Oh, but what I loved was Diana’s backstory!! I loved the diversity in this book!!

Overall, Lord of Shadows was a fantastic read! I don’t have a single complaint about this book BUT WHY IS THE NEXT BOOK SCHEDULED IN 2019!!! I won’t be sane till then! That is pure torture guys, pure torture. I am still devasted by how everything ended! This was the meanest cliffhanger ever!

Anyway, the plot was executed neatly and perfectly and I fell in love with the characters all over again. The writing was beautiful and it flowed smoothly and the pace was even throughout the book. I seriously need book 3 in my life right now!!

Recommend it?

Do I even need to say it?


So guys, have you finished this book yet? How was your experience? Or are you still waiting to pick it up?

Review: Obsidian and Stars by Julie Eshbaugh || A satisfying conclusion || Blog Tour

Welcome to my tour stop of Obsidian and Stars by Julie Eshbaugh hosted by The Fantastic Flying Book Club. You can find the full tour schedule here.


Title: Obsidian and Stars
Author: Julie Eshbaugh
Series: Ivory and Bone, book 2
Genre: Prehistorical, Fantasy, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Cool
Page Count and Format: 368 pages, Ebook
Expected Publication: June 13th, 2017 by HarperTeen
Source: I received an eARC of this book from the publisher for this blog tour in exchange for an honest review.
My Rating:

Blurb (from Goodreads):

After surviving the chaotic battle that erupted after Lo and the Bosha clan attacked, now Mya is looking ahead to her future with Kol. All the things that once felt so uncertain are finally falling into place. But the same night as Kol and Mya’s betrothal announcement, Mya’s brother Chev reveals his plan to marry his youngest sister Lees to his friend Morsk. The only way to avoid this terrible turn of events, Morsk informs Mya when he corners her later, is for Mya to take Lees’ place and marry him herself.

Refusing to marry anyone other than her beloved, and in an effort to protect her sister, Mya runs away to a secret island with Lees. And though it seems like the safest place to hide until things back home blow over, Mya soon realizes she’s been followed. Lurking deep in the recesses of this dangerous place are rivals from Mya’s past whose thirst for revenge exceeds all reason.

With the lives of her loved ones on the line, Mya must make a move before the enemies of her past become the undoing of her future.


Obsidian and Stars definitely was an interesting conclusion to this series, one that I definitely enjoyed. You can read my review of book 1: Ivory and Bone, here.

After the betrayal and the fight with the Bosha clan ended, everything finally seemed at place. Mya is ready to be betrothed to Kol but then the unthinkable happens, Chev, the High Elder of her clan as well as Mya’s brother decides to announce Lees’s, their sister’s marriage with Morsk, someone she despises. Mya sees the only option out is to take her sister’s place or run but when more trouble comes their way, how will she face them alone?

The plot managed to hold my attention from the very start and I finished it in two sittings. Ivory and Bone ended on a calm tone with the two clans, Manu and Olen coming to an understanding. I loved Mya and Kol together and I loved the chemistry between them. But soon enough Mya has to take a tough decision in order to save her sister from marrying Morsk which kick-started another new adventure.

When Mya and Lees run away, the end up on a totally new land where they find Noni, a runaway from the Tama clan. I loved how it didn’t take Mya a second to accept her as her own when she saw how much trouble the little girl was in. She defended her with all her power and proved how much worthy she was off. And I equally loved Kol, who stood by her side no matter what although sometimes it felt Kol wanted their relationship to succeed more than Mya but I was glad to be proved wrong in the end.

This book was indeed a little bitter-sweet but I loved the way everything was executed. The action and the adventure kept me on the edge and I was so eager to know what happened next. And how things ended, I couldn’t have been more satisfied.

“That’s why I like the blackest nights-the darkest, obsidian skies of winter. When the world is coldest and darkest, the stars shine brightest.”

Overall, Obsidian and Stars was a great read. The plot was executed neatly and the characters kept me engaged throughout the book. I loved the romance between Mya and Kol. The writing was smooth and easy to read and it was fast-paced throughout the book, I didn’t feel bored, even for a second. I am definitely looking out to read more by this author.

Recommend it?

Yes.


Author Bio:

JulieJulie Eshbaugh is the author of the upcoming Ivory and Bone (HarperCollins, 2016). She used to have trouble staying in one spot, having lived in places as varied as Utah, France, and New York City. Julie eventually returned home to the Philadelphia area, where she now lives with her husband, son, cat and dog. Her favorite moments are when the unexpected happens and she cheers loudest when the pitcher gets a hit.

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Review: World After by Susan Ee || An intriguing as well as a horrifying read

Title: World After
Author: Susan Ee
Series: Penryn & the End of Days trilogy, book 2
Genre: Post-Apocalyptic, Paranormal, Romance, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Cool
Page Count and Format: 314 pages, Paperback
Published: November 19th, 2013 by Skyscape
Source: Purchased
My Rating:

Blurb (from Goodreads):

In this sequel to the bestselling fantasy thriller, Angelfall, the survivors of the angel apocalypse begin to scrape back together what’s left of the modern world.

When a group of people capture Penryn’s sister, Paige, thinking she’s a monster, the situation ends in a massacre. Paige disappears. Humans are terrified. Mom is heartbroken.

Penryn drives through the streets of San Francisco looking for Paige. Why are the streets so empty? Where is everybody? Her search leads her into the heart of the angels’ secret plans where she catches a glimpse of their motivations, and learns the horrifying extent to which the angels are willing to go.

Meanwhile, Raffe hunts for his wings. Without them, he can’t rejoin the angels, can’t take his rightful place as one of their leaders. When faced with recapturing his wings or helping Penryn survive, which will he choose?


This book was such a great ride. The first time I read World After, I didn’t enjoy it so much, in fact, it felt quite meh but I guess re-reading this book helped seeing everything from another perspective which was the reason, in the end, I loved it so much. I buddy read this one too, with Raven. So, let’s jump into the review now, shall we? Oh and you can also read my review of book 1: Angelfall, here.

After Penryn rescues her sister from the Angels’ lair, she gets hurt in the process but Raffe brings her to safety and back to her family. Page, Penryn’s sister is not the same person she knew anymore. When the people in the Resistance camp mistake Paige for a monster, she runs away and Paige sets out to another journey to find her little sister while Raffe is still on the hunt for his wings. Both of their journeys lead to the same destination but what happens Penryn comes face to face with the horrific truth about the Angels?

This book picks up right where it left off. Paige is back with her family but she is far from the girl who she used to be once because of the experiments that were done on her when she was captured by the Angels. After an incident happens in the Resistance camp and Paige runs off, Penryn along with her mother and another woman (I forgot her name though) whom Penryn saved before, leaves off together in search of her. When I read this book the first time, it felt pretty meh to me but this was so not the case for this time. This book was engaging and I was on the edge the whole time. I also wanted to hit Obi, he was the leader of a whole freaking camp but his sense of judgement was really, really bad.

This book was action packed and I was not bored for even a second, in fact, this it was pretty hard to put this book down. And Penryn, she was simply amazing but not devoid of flaws which made her character more realistic. But I really missed Raffe in this book, he was barely there but I wanted so much more. The chemistry between them was more than ever and whatever little moments we saw between them, were just so swoon-worthy!

“Let go,” I say into his ear.

Raffe holds me tighter like there’s no room for discussion.”

World After also focused more on character development and we got to see more of the Angel politics and the parties which were equally creepy and scary. Alcatraz was a pure nightmare and when the actual truth came out behind all the experiments, I was shell shocked, I mean I quite understood what was going on but finally getting the whole truth, it was nightmarish.

One of my favourite aspects of this book was Pooky bear, Raffe’s sword whom Penryn dressed it up in a teddy bear to disguise it. Pooky Bear had a personality of its own and it really made things more interesting. And it seriously cracked me up when Raffe learned the new name of his precious sword.

Overall, World After was a fantastic read. I enjoyed how the plot was executed and the characters kept me on my toes. The writing was smooth and easy to read and the pace throughout the book. I’ll be posting my review for the 3rd and last book in this trilogy soon, so stay tuned for that!

Recommend it?

Yes!


So guys, what do you think about this book? Have you read it yet?

Review: Firewalker by Josephine Angelini || An intriguing mid-bridge

Title: Firewalker
Author: Josephine Angelini
Series: Worldwalker trilogy, book 2
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Slightly warm
Page Count and Format: 339 pages, Paperback
Published: August 27th, 2015 by Macmillan Children’s Books
Source: Purchased
My Rating:

Blurb (from Goodreads):

Lily Proctor has made it back to her own universe, and it’s finally time for her and Rowan to be happy and relax. True, she almost died in the Pyre that fueled their escape, and they must hide her new magic for the safety of the world, but compared to fighting the monstrous Woven and leading armies in the alternate Salem, life is looking good.

‘You think I’m a monster, but my choices, as ruthless as they seem, are justified.’

Unfortunately, Lillian, ruthless ruler of the 13 Cities, is not willing to let Lily go that easily. Lily is the closest version of herself she’s ever seen in all her worldwalking, and Lillian’s running out of time. If she can’t persuade Lily and Rowan to return to her world, she’ll have to find a way to make them come back.


*Minor Spoilers*

After Lily’s last battle at Salem which left scarred and very weak, she and Rowan both managed to world jump and return to Lily’s world. But Lillian wants her to come back and the police were looking for her here, she is not safe in either of the worlds. When she begins to learn the shocking secrets of Lillian, she is forced to make a choice which will ultimately lead her to freedom or her own doom.

Firewalker is considerably slower than the first book, Trial by Fire but I was thoroughly entertained throughout the book and the plot kept me engaged till the very end. After fighting with Lillian which left Lily in a pretty bad condition, she along with Rowan are successful in returning to Lily’s own home. I actually quite enjoyed their time in Lily’s world. It acted as a buffer to what happened and what was about to come. Rowan was completely foreign to technologies and stuff like that and it was pretty enjoyable to watch him adapt in this world.

In this book, Lily finally but reluctantly opens her mind to Lillian and she decides to keep it from Rowan which leads to some major drama in the latter half of the book. Nonetheless, I really enjoyed the romance in this book, I absolutely loved Lily and Rowan together, although I did want Lily to be more open with Rowan and she went on making the same mistake as Lillian. When Rowan found out the truth, I understood his initial reaction but what he did later, I really, really hated him for that.

The world-building in this book was amazing, we got to explore a bit of the both worlds and it was really stunning. Two more characters are introduced in this book Breakfast and Una who become Lily’s mechanics along with Lily’s Tristan. It felt a little unrealistic how easily they believed Lily’s truth. Anyway, I was really worried about Lily’s feelings but I was so glad and veeeery relieved to see that she was not torn between two guys as it usually happens. As much as I didn’t like Tristan in the beginning, he slowly warmed up to my heart but that ending!! I couldn’t believe it, it came off just freaking nowhere and left me heartbroken.

Overall, Firewalker was a good read, albeit not as exciting as the first book but it still was an engaging read. As usual, I loved Lily and Rowan and my faith in Rowan kinda shook after what he did. Nonetheless, the writing was beautiful and pace was even throughout the book.

Recommend it?

Yes.


So guys, what do you think about this book? Have you read this series yet?

Review: The Feeling of Forever by Jamie Howard || The same old, the same old…

Title: The Feeling of Forever
Author: Jamie Howard
Series: Love Unplugged, book 2 [Can be read as a standalone]
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, [New-Adult]
Heat Rating: Pretty warm
Page Count and Format: 201 pages, Ebook
Published: February 7th, 2017 by Swerve
Source: I received an eARC of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
My Rating: 

Blurb (from Goodreads):

Juliet St. Clair has spent her life under Hollywood’s spotlight. While being America’s favorite girl next door has had its perks, having to testify against her stalker to put him behind bars certainly wasn’t one of them. But when she thinks about walking away from it all, she can’t help remembering the enormous pile of medical bills her family is drowning under. Bills that just keep on coming.

Felix Donovan had it all–stunning good looks, gorgeous women, and a spot as the drummer to a band that’s sitting pretty at the top of the charts. Until one life-altering decision left him paralyzed from the waist down. He doesn’t know whether to laugh or cry when he wins this year’s Sexiest Man award, but the one thing he immediately does is send out a Non-disclosure agreement. Hiding his condition from the public is hard as hell, but he’s not ready to face the world while he’s still struggling to accept his new reality.

Except this year’s Sexiest Woman–Juliet St. Clair–never looks at him with pity, only desire. But falling for Juliet means a permanent spot in the tabloids, a decision Felix isn’t sure he’s ready to make. And when Juliet’s stalker re-emerges from her past, Felix’s secret isn’t the only thing at stake, it could cost Juliet her life.


I read quite a few great reviews for this book which made my expectations pretty high but I was sorely disappointed. There were, of course, plenty of things to enjoy in this book but I didn’t end up enjoying it as much as I thought I would.

Juliet forced herself to come under the limelight due to her family’s financial conditions. As much as she loves her job as an actress but it comes with quite a few negative aspects such as a stalker who made her life quite impossible. Felix who once used to be a ladies man and the drummer of a famous band is now bound to a wheelchair. When these two come together, sparks fly. But when old threats resurface, will they be able to salvage their relationship?

As much as there was diversity in the plot, it was much too predictable. Juliet didn’t come to the show biz by choice but now it’s a part of her life and she loves it. When she and Felix are awarded the year’s sexiest man and woman respectively, they come face to face for the first time and they hit it off. I absolutely loved Juliet, she was humane, understanding, despite being famous she was pretty down to earth and she treated Felix who was wheelchair bound with no difference which defined love is so much more other than just looks.

Felix was a man whore before his life crashed down. But after having Juliet in his life, life sparked in him. Felix was the perfect gentleman, he was caring and adoring. I liked them together but I just couldn’t feel the spark between them. I felt this book was too short, I wanted more plot as well as character development which unfortunately I didn’t get. Also, I kind of saw the plot twist coming which was a bummer though I really felt bad for Juliet, she trusted that person and she got betrayed in return.

Overall, The Feeling of Forever was a nice read. The plot was predictable but the characters were pretty great though I wanted a bit more of everything. The writing was smooth and easy to read and the pace was even throughout the book.

Recommend it?

Yes.


So guys, what do you think about this book? Have you given it a chance? If yes, what are your experience so far?

Review: Hate 2 Lovers by K. Webster & J.D. Hollyfield || Blog Tour || When crazy becomes perfect

Welcome to my tour stop of Hate 2 Lovers by K. Webster & J.D. Hollyfield hosted by IndieSage PR. You can view the full tour schedule here.


Title: Hate 2 Lovers
Author: K. Webster & J.D. Hollyfield
Series: 2 Lovers, book 2
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, [Adult]
Heat Rating: Pretty Warm
Page Count and Format: 286 pages, Ebook
Published: April 4th, 2017
Source: I received an eARC of this book for the blog tour in exchange for an honest review.
My Rating:

Blurb (from Goodreads):

She hates him and his big head.
He likes her and her big t*ts.

She hates him because she somehow ends up naked every time she sees him.
He likes her because she somehow ends up naked every time he sees her.

She hates him because the big oaf knocked her up with his kid.
He likes her because she’s carrying his child.

She hates the way he gets inside her head.
He likes the way she lets him see glimpses of her heart.

Andie: I hate you.
Roman: I know…but I’m going to change that.

***This is book two in the series. It is best if you read book one first to fully understand this couple’s story.***


Ah, this book was a wild ride! I absolutely loved Roman and Andie in the first book and this book was no different. When I read this book would be better to understand if I had read book 1, I quickly picked up the first book and damn I enjoyed it so much. Although this book can be read as a standalone, it was the best decision to read the first book and because of that I truly understood the dynamics of their relationship and how it actually started. You can read my review of book 1: Text 2 Lovers, here.

For Andie and Roman, it was hate at first sight. Those two just can’t stop fighting with each other which eventually leads to “other things” every single time. Now, Andie’s pregnant with his child and they both don’t have a clue about parenting. But Roman wants to fight for her, for them. Would a future together be remotely possible for a couple like them?

The plot of this book was very enjoyable. With Andie and Roman, there’s no end of craziness. When Andie declares that she is pregnant, it quite came as a shocking surprise because neither Roman nor I was expecting that. But it definitely added a new flavour to their relationship. Andie thought Roman would freak out after hearing this news and she was right but he was happily freaked out which made me so damn happy. He was outright ready to take all responsibilities and support Andie in all way possible. Andie being Andie, it took her a whole lot of time to understand that.

I absolutely loved the relationship between Andie and Roman, although both of them were totally crazy but they couldn’t have been more perfect for each other. Roman was the one who completely understood Andie, he was such a swoon-worthy guy! Andie was too quick to judge sometimes which I didn’t like much but it was freaking hilarious how that matter got resolved.

I loved the glimpses of Dani and Ram, they were adorable as ever and the one character I really hated was Frank. What he did was totally wrong but Andie’s reason for payback didn’t sit well with me. I wish she would have taken any other ways to take her revenge for Dani. The last incident really scared me and I was so relieved to know how things turned out. We also got to see a little bit of Regan, Ram and Roman’s sister and Linc, Andie’s step-brother in this story and the start of their friendship and I sooo want more!

Overall, Hate 2 Lovers was an enjoyable read. I loved how the plot was executed and the characters kept me entertained throughout the book. The chemistry between Andie and Roman was off the charts! The writing was smooth and easy to read and the pace was even throughout the book. I seriously can’t wait for Linc and Reagan’s story!!

Recommend it?

Yes!


Author Bios and Links:

K. Webster-

K Webster is the author of dozens romance books in many different genres including contemporary romance, historical romance, paranormal romance, and erotic romance. When not spending time with her husband of twelve years and two adorable children, she’s active on social media connecting with her readers.

Her other passions besides writing include reading and graphic design. K can always be found in front of her computer chasing her next idea and taking action. She looks forward to the day when she will see one of her titles on the big screen.

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J.D. Hollyfield-

Creative designer, mother, wife, writer, part-time superhero…

J.D. Hollyfield is a creative designer by day and superhero by night. When she is not trying to save the world one happy ending at a time, she enjoys the snuggles of her husband, son and three doxies. With her love for romance, and head full of book boyfriends, she was inspired to test her creative abilities and bring her own story to life.

Life in a Rut, Love not Included is her Debut Novel. J.D. Hollyfield lives in the Midwest, and is currently at work on blowing the minds of readers, with the additions of her new books and series, along with her charm, humor and HEA’s.

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