Review: To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo // Gorgeous action and stabby stuff!

Title: To Kill a Kingdom
Author: Alexandra Christo
Standalone
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Cool
Format: 368 pages, Paperback
Published: March 6th, 2018 by Hot Key Books
Source: Purchased
My Rating:

Blurb (from Goodreads):

Princess Lira is siren royalty and the most lethal of them all. With the hearts of seventeen princes in her collection, she is revered across the sea. Until a twist of fate forces her to kill one of her own. To punish her daughter, the Sea Queen transforms Lira into the one thing they loathe most—a human. Robbed of her song, Lira has until the winter solstice to deliver Prince Elian’s heart to the Sea Queen or remain a human forever.

The ocean is the only place Prince Elian calls home, even though he is heir to the most powerful kingdom in the world. Hunting sirens is more than an unsavory hobby—it’s his calling. When he rescues a drowning woman in the ocean, she’s more than what she appears. She promises to help him find the key to destroying all of sirenkind for good—But can he trust her? And just how many deals will Elian have to barter to eliminate mankind’s greatest enemy?


This was one gorgeously stabby book.

“In my heart, I’m as wild as the ocean that raised me.”

Princess Lira is the heir siren throne, also known as the Prince’s bane because of speciality in stealing the hearts of princess rather than normal sailors like the other sirens. But when she performs a deed against her mother, she is cursed to become something she hates the most. A human. Meanwhile, Prince Elian is a pirate who specialises in killing sirens and is more interested in spending his life at the sea rather than become the next ruler after his father. Prince Elian sole aim is to hunt down Prince’s bane while Lira gets the order to bring Elian’s heart if she wants to return to her kingdom. Both of them start out in the same direction but when Lira gets the opportunity to bring justice against the unfair decision taken by her mother, a.k.a the Sea Queen, she changes her path in reaching the desired goal but along the way things start to change as they get to know each other.

Refreshing plot

The plot of To Kill a Kingdom was really unique. The twists and turns continuously surprised me The only thing that didn’t make it a 5 star read was the pace at the beginning.

“And the ocean, calling out to us both. A song of freedom and longing.”

I felt that the beginning of the ultimate journey of the plot took too much time. I mean, I wanted the protagonists to met a lot earlier than it happened in the book. Other than this fact, I have no other complaints. When the characters finally meet, it’s with a BAM! It felt like world war 3 was about to break out but as the book proceeded, so the did the plot in a neat manner.

Stabby book in a neat manner! Ha!

World-building

Oooh also the world-building was pretty good. I loved how the author eased us into this whole new crazy world. I have seen and read sirens as malicious creatures who lure their prey with this voices.

“Everyone is a blank canvas, waiting to be filled with the colour of discovery.”

But this was on another level. It was like, they enjoyed killing for fun. Which was very disturbing indeed. But somehow I could never hate Lira for her actions. Of course, she did a lot of wrong stuff but she still had humanity left in her.

Character Development

One of the main factors that worried me from the starting of the book was how would the romance develop in the book since both the protagonists had one goal in mind, that is to kill one another. But the character development in this book really surprised me. The characters were complex and they were fleshed out in such a thorough and detailed way that left me speechless.

“How strange that instead of taking his heart, I’m hoping he takes mine.”

I was like, how could those two ever fall in love with one another but surprisingly they did and wow, boy did I love it! Lira’s redemption was portrayed pretty well too. Well, if you can call it that. Also, the sea queen aka Lira’s mother was a straight up *********!! She sooo deserved what she got served in the end.

Action! Stabby stuff!

The action was one of the aspects which I enjoyed thoroughly. One thing or the other was constantly happening. There were numerous other characters who contributed equally to the story. The politics was also kind of intriguing but the last battle was the one which was spectacular. It didn’t end in a second which I have seen in many other books. The build-up was steady before the stuff went down. In a good way!

Overall, To Kill a Kingdom was pretty fantastic. Although I think the beginning took up more time than necessary but it was still engaging. The characters were the ones who kept me glued to the book and the pace was somewhat fast. The writing flowed smoothly as well and I was satisfied with how everything wrapped up in the end!

Recommend it?

Yes!


Soooooo guys, have you read this yet? If yes, then what did you think about it?

Review: Nocturne by Heather McKenzie || Slightly Bland and Repetitive

Title: Nocturne
Author: Heather McKenzie
Series: The Nightmusic Trilogy, book 2
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Suspense, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Slightly warm
Page Count and Format: 415 pages, Ebook
Expected Publication: March 20th, 2018 by Clean Teen Publishing
Source: I received an eARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
My Rating:

Blurb (from Goodreads):

I am hunted.
A pawn in a vicious game.
The only way I can protect the ones I love…
…is to disappear.

Finally free of her father, Kaya has the one thing that keeps her heart beating—Luke.

Blissfully content in his arms, everything seems perfect…until their world is shattered by a deadly invasion. When an old ally comes to the rescue, Kaya wants none of it. She is devastated to learn the identity of her attacker, and that she must do something truly heartbreaking if she wants to save the ones she loves. Sacrificing everything and sinking into bottomless sorrow, Kaya finds solace in an unlikely friend—one who shows her a different kind of love and helps her discover an inner strength she never thought possible.


The first book in this trilogy, Serenade was a pretty awesome and engaging read. Compared to that, the 2nd book felt slightly bland and repetitive. But I have to say one thing, the covers of this trilogy are really unique and beautiful!

Kaya is still on the run from her father who is only after her fortune. After an incident, she truly understands that she poses a threat to anyone near her, so she decides to bail alone. But surrounded by enemies on all sides, will she be able to hide or will she be betrayed?

A lot of stuff happened in the first book, Kaya learned the truth about herself and why she was held captive by her father and why he is after her. She ends up getting kidnapped by Luke but along the way ends up falling for her captor. I felt this book was more of a kind of filler because other than the introduction of few new characters, this book only contained running and hiding and it was devoid of any interesting surprises. But seriously, Kaya definitely has the most shittest parents in the whole universe!

One of the things that surprised me was, I actually started liking Oliver. His actions disgusted me in book 1 but after knowing the real reason behind it, he slowly started warming up to me. But… but I felt Kaya’s character was a kind of irritating this book! And on top of that, Thomas. What even!! She miraculously gets rescued after bailing on Luke and ends on a farm where she manages to get a job there and ultimately one of the guys there fall for her. Why is that everybody end up falling in love with the main heroine? I would have rather enjoyed it more if it was a purely platonic relationship. It would definitely have been more meaningful.

On the other hand, one of the new characters Marlene was absolutely my favourite. Born with a hideous birthmark on her face, she mostly stays away from crowds but a beautiful bond develops between her and Kaya. I loved the fact that Kaya stood up for her on more than one occasion! But the most awesome thing about this book was the bromance between Luke and Oliver! I didn’t even guess that anything slightly normal was possible between these two because they were always at each other’s throats. This was definitely a delightful surprise.

Overall, Nocturn was an okay read. The plot felt a little repetitive and this book could have been a little less lengthy in my opinion. The action and stuff were there but I wanted more of it but nonetheless, I enjoyed those particular parts.But the way things ended, I am definitely interested to know what happens next to our characters!

Recommend it?

Yes.


So guys, what do you think about this book? Is it on your tbr?

Review: Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde || Where the Geeky Queens were an absolute blast!

Title: Queens of Geek
Author: Jen Wilde
Standalone
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, LGBTQ, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Cool
Page Count and Format: 288, Paperback
Published: March 14th, 2017 by Swoon Reads
Source: Purchased
My Rating: 

Blurb (from Goodreads):

Three friends, two love stories, one convention: this fun, feminist love letter to geek culture is all about fandom, friendship, and finding the courage to be yourself.

Charlie likes to stand out. She’s a vlogger and actress promoting her first movie at SupaCon, and this is her chance to show fans she’s over her public breakup with co-star Reese Ryan. When internet-famous cool-girl actress Alyssa Huntington arrives as a surprise guest, it seems Charlie’s long-time crush on her isn’t as one-sided as she thought.

Taylor likes to blend in. Her brain is wired differently, making her fear change. And there’s one thing in her life she knows will never change: her friendship with her best guy friend Jamie—no matter how much she may secretly want it to. But when she hears about a fan contest for her favorite fandom, she starts to rethink her rules on playing it safe.


Soooo, the reason I’ve been absent this whole week is basically that I was unable to use my right hand and typing with one hand is… oh well! I am an accident magnet, you guys sure know that. I hurt my once dislocated right shoulder and baaaamn!! I mean hurting my foot just wasn’t enough, I had been suffering from it the whole of 2017, I had to hurt my hand too. -.- Right hand at that. I couldn’t do anything with it and it was immensely painful. Anyhooo, physiotherapy has been helping and it’s quite healed. Hopefully. It doesn’t turn the opposite way. Hopefully.

Anyway, onto this beautiful beautiful book.

First of all, I love the fact that the author is a Winchester girl and I absofreakinlutely loved the Supernatural references!

I had read a few books where going to a con and having a grand adventure is the main theme. This is the first book I actually enjoyed that stuff. I finished this book in a couple of hours, it was that good. And it was the perfect book to start my year with.

Queens of Geek is narrated in alternative dual POV of Charlie and Taylor who along with Jamie finally gets to fulfil their dream of visiting a convention known as SupaCon. Although Charlie meets her douche ex-boyfriend at the Con, she also gets to meet her crush. On the other hand, Taylor and Jamie have always liked each other but they had never taken a step forward thinking it might ruin their friendship. This adventure might prove that taking some risks are worth it.

Engaging Plot

This book was fun from the very beginning. And sooo effing adorable! I couldn’t get enough of it. The best friend trio aka Charlie, Taylor and Jamie visits SupaCon together to have the time of their lives.  Ah, don’t we all have this dream, I can’t waaaaait for mine. And thus begins the awesome adventure of the trio. I loved the convention as a whole, meeting new nerdy and awkward people like themselves, fangirling about fandoms, everything was so relatable although I haven’t experienced that as a whole. Taylor was especially there to meet her favourite author and that is a big dream of mine too!!

Awesome Characters

Aaaaaah! All the three characters were so freaking awesome! I loved the diverse representation and how the mental health issues were approached in this book.

Charlie is a bisexual, an outgoing person and a YouTuber who recently came into the limelight after appearing in a movie. Taylor is the total opposite, she is autistic and has anxiety issues. But I loved how both these characters balanced each other. I absolutely loved the friendship between these two! I absolutely loved the Girl Love!!! This is something we need mooooore. Jamie was another great character and an awesome friend. SupaCon really brought them more together.

The Adventure

The most fun part of the book was about understanding that some risks are worth taking. Charlie has never been with a girl before and she finally gets to meet the Internet sensation Alyssa Huntington who is also her crush. After meeting her she realises her feelings maybe not one-sided. Although things might have gone a little to fast between these two but I enjoyed it nonetheless. These two were sooo cute together and although I understood about Charlie’s insecurities about having an open relationship in public as a celebrity because her previous relationship already left a sour experience but I’m glad that everything came into the front and she was indeed brave in deciding to face it head along.

“You can’t pick and choose whose equality you support. That’s not equality.”

Also, I absolutely loved how she handled that freaking douche ex-boyfriend of hers. He really had the audacity to flaunt himself despite everything, I loved how they all put him in his place. Charlie was upfront and firm in her decisions and I absolutely admired her for that.

Taylor was the opposite. An adorable cute little potatae (like myself). Although she had no insecurities about her weight, but the hurtful comments were still offensive. And that my friends, was effing relatable.

“My bottom lip starts to quiver, but I keep going. “I fight every day, and too many times it’s just not enough and the fear wins. I’m so fucking weak and everything is so fucking intense and sometimes I really hate it.” I gasp, covering my mouth with my hands as the tears pour out of me. I didn’t mean to say all that. I feel exposed. Tears fill her eyes, too. “Can I hug you?” I nod, unable to speak. She walks around the table and hugs me.”

I could also relate how she was frozen when meeting new people or doing something in public. My body usually goes ice cold even in the hot and humid weather when I am in that kind of situations. Although I think I am getting better little by little. But it’s still frightening. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with being an introvert but really want to overcome my anxiety problems. Aaaaah!! Anyways, she was indeed lucky to have a friend like Jamie by her side, aside from Charlie. The chemistry between them was sooo obvious and I was rooting for them since the beginning!! They were super duper cute!!

Overall,

Queens of Geek was an amazing read. It was fun, full of beautiful friendship and romance. I didn’t expect it to love it this much but reading this book was an awesome experience in itself. The writing was beautiful and the words flowed so smoothly, I didn’t realise when the time passed by. The pace was even throughout the book and the dual POV definitely kept things interesting. I am definitely looking forward to reading more from Wilde.

Recommend it?

Do I need to say more?? 😀


Sooooo guys, have you read this book? If yes, how was your experience? What was the first book you started your 2018 with???

 

Review: Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare || Where the characters were imperfectly perfect

Title: Lady Midnight
Author: Cassandra Clare
Series: The Dark Artifices, book 1
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Slightly warm
Page Count and Format: 698 pages, Paperback
Published: March 8th, 2016 by Simon & Schuster Children’s UK
Source: Purchased
My Rating:

Blurb (from Goodreads):

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

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

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

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


Soo, I successfully stalled for nearly a near to start reading Lady Midnight. Because of my newly formed binge reading habit, I find it’s better to read a series at once rather than wait a year to read the next one. Although I have to wait another year for the 3rd book, I somehow have to manage. For now, let’s jump into this review, shall we?

This book was such an epic read!! Cassandra Clare never fails to surprise me and I am falling more and more in love with the Shadowhunter universe as each day passes. We already got a glimpse of Emma and Julian in the last book of The Mortal Instruments series and I was super excited to read their story and I’m glad my expectations were met.

Emma’s parents died during the dark war with Sebastian Morgenstern leading everybody to believe he was responsible for their death but Emma never quite believed so, especially because of their manner of death. Now, after five years later, similar kinds of deaths are resurfacing and the targets are not only humans but also faes. After the dark war and the faes’ betrayal which led to the treaty of the Cold Peace, the shadowhunters are forbidden to do anything with the faes but when the faes return Mark, the Blackthorn’s older brother as a bargaining chip, Emma and Julian are forced to make a decision against their law. And to make matters complicated, the feelings between the two parabatais have started to blur. Will Emma be able to handle everything and take her revenge which she longed for so many years?

The plot was unique and it didn’t fail to surprise me on numerous occasion. We are taken on a wild ride from the very first page. Returning to the Shadowhunters universe was one of the best feelings ever. Five years ago, the dark war took Emma’s parents and since then her only motto has been to avenge her parents’ death. After five years of nothingness, similar kinds of murders incite Emma to start looking into the deaths. Despite learning about fae deaths among the humans, Emma doesn’t back away and Julian is always there by her side, to protect her. One clue led to another, and I couldn’t put this book down.

“Laws are meaningless, child. There is nothing more important than love. And no law higher.”

I loved the all the characters in this book so freaking much! Emma and Julian were just adorable. Emma was simply badass! She was feisty and sassy while Julian always stayed by her side, he was the complete opposite to Emma yet if anything happened to her, or if she was in danger, Julian would be the first one to shield her against any kind of trouble. Despite loving the concept of Parabatai (I am definitely eager to know more backstory behind it) I couldn’t help but think it as a curse in Emma and Julian’s case. Well, technically, it kind of is if that line is crossed and Emma and Julian crossed that line for more than once in this book which was quite surprising, not because of them but because the author doesn’t usually take this path so soon. Anyway, they couldn’t be more perfect for each other, they balance each other and their understanding was on a totally different level.

“A gentle boy with a gentle soul, but every soul contains its own opposite, and the opposite of gentleness was ruthlessness—the beautiful wreckage of mercy.”

Julian was the sweetest, after his parents’ death and Mark being taken away while Helen was thrown out, he had to take the role of the parent and damn, he did a fantastic job. The only downside was that he forgot to take care of himself and although Emma was there but he took a great burden upon his little shoulders. But I loved family aspect of this book, the sibling love, how each of them took care of one another which leads me to the amazing representation of Autism. Ty, one of Julian’s younger siblings suffer from it and it was one of the most accurate representations ever.

“There was beauty in the idea of freedom, but it was an illusion. Every human heart was chained by love.”

Mark, I am still wary of that guy. I mean after getting being taken by the Wild Hunt for so long, he is a totally different person. He takes a lot of time to adjust to being a wholesome shadowhunter again and his love for his siblings was there, it never went away despite his being away. He definitely was an intriguing as well as a diverse character and I am eager to know more about him. The other secondary characters were fun to read about too, I loved Christina and Malcolm, the high/resident warlock was an interesting character as well.

“Some betrayals cannot be forgiven.”

The plot twist was quite shocking, though we are eased into it still the betrayal felt heavy on the heart. But the thing that was the hardest about the ending was Emma’s decision. It was cruel but necessary but I waaaant my shipty ship to sail!! I want Emma and Julian together! I also enjoyed seeing my favourite characters from TMI series in this book, it was an added bonus! The epilogue introduced us to our next villain and although it was a bit cliche I loved it, I can’t wait to see what the next book has in store for us.

Overall, Lady Midnight was a fantastic read! I loved how the plot was executed and the twists and turns kept me engaged throughout the book. I fell in love with the characters and I can’t wait to read more about them, the Parabatai curse is another thing that I’m very interested to read about in Lord of Shadows. The writing was beautiful and it was fast-paced.

Recommend it?

Yes!!


So guys, what are your thoughts on this book? Have you read any other book by this author? If yes, which book has been your favourite so far?

Review: Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver || Where I kept falling…

Title: Before I Fall
Author: Lauren Oliver
Standalone
Genre: Contemporary-Fantasy, Romance, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Cool
Page Count and Format: 496 pages, Paperback
Published: February 7th 2017 by Harper Collins (first published March 2nd 2010)
Source: Purchased
My Rating:

Blurb (from Goodreads):

What if you had only one day to live? What would you do? Who would you kiss? And how far would you go to save your own life?

Samantha Kingston has it all: the world’s most crush-worthy boyfriend, three amazing best friends, and first pick of everything at Thomas Jefferson High—from the best table in the cafeteria to the choicest parking spot. Friday, February 12, should be just another day in her charmed life.

Instead, it turns out to be her last.

Then she gets a second chance. Seven chances, in fact. Reliving her last day during one miraculous week, she will untangle the mystery surrounding her death—and discover the true value of everything she is in danger of losing.


Before I Fall was a refreshing read which continued to surprise me till the very end. Also, this is kind of the very first book of which I preferred the movie-tie-in edition rather than the original one.

Samantha or Sam is one of those popular high-school students who has it all from close best friends to the hottest boyfriend. But everything changes on February 12. i.e. Cupid Day which proves fatal for her. But she wakes the up the next day and the day after tomorrow reliving her last day. It is up to Sam to figure out how to stop this circle of events before everything spins out of control.

“Maybe you can afford to wait. Maybe for you there’s a tomorrow. Maybe for you there’s one thousand tomorrows, or three thousand, or ten, so much time you can bathe in it, roll around it, let it slide like coins through you fingers. So much time you can waste it.
But for some of us there’s only today. And the truth is, you never really know.”

The plot of this book was unique and refreshing. It was also quite addicting and I couldn’t put it down! Sam is one of the mean popular girls who along with her charade of best friends rules over the school. At first, I absolutely hated Sam, no I actually loathed her. She is one of those people with whom I would never be friends in real life. Due to this fact, I was afraid I would end up disliking this book but I liked her character growth. After a couple of pages in I started liking her when she begins to change, when she actually begins to understand life.

Reliving one’s last day over and over again was a pretty interesting concept (It reminded me of that trickster episode in Supernatural where Dean dies over and over again). I was very eager to see how each day spanned out and they managed to surprise me every time. Each day was so different from the other, while one was rather cringe-worthy, my favourite was the one when she stayed back and spend the day with her sister. It was simply the best.

Although I loved that Sam had such a close knit group of friends yet she never confronted Lindsay, not when it actually mattered. One can only that the circumstances that lead to the ending could bring some changes in them. I really, really thought the ending was going to be different but it threw me off the tracks and there I was… a total mess. Anyway, I absolutely adored Kent, I wish we got to see some more of him rather than the sleazy and douche bag boyfriend of hers.

“Here’s another thing to remember: hope keeps you alive. Even when you’re dead, it’s the only thing that keeps you alive.”

Overall, Before I Fall was an interesting read. I finished it in a few sitting and I quite enjoyed the plot. The characters were redeemable and in the end, they crept up to my heart. The writing was smooth and easy to read and the pace was even throughout the book. I have not seen the movie yet but I definitely will soon enough.

Recommend it?

Yes.


So guys, have you read this book yet? Was it a hit or miss for you? Or is it still in your tbr? Have you guys seen the movie? How many of you are still waiting to watch like me?

Review: Losing Kyler by Siobhan Davis || The sea of unpredictability.

Title: Losing Kyler
Author: Siobhan Davis
Series: The Kennedy Boys, book 2
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Pretty warm
Page Count and Format: 458 pages, Ebook
Expected Publication: March 27th, 2017
Source: I received an eARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
My Rating:

Blurb (from Goodreads):

Condemned to repeat the sins of the past…

Faye thought losing her parents was the most devastating thing to happen to her, but she was wrong. Her uncle’s scandalous revelation has sent her into a tailspin, leaving her questioning her entire existence.

Everything she believed is built on a lie.

And the one person she shares a passionate, soul-deep connection with can’t be there for her.

Faye and Ky can’t be together. It’s forbidden. Though they are determined to avoid replicating their parents’ mistakes, caving to their feelings is as tempting as the apple in the Garden of Eden.

Ky had sworn off girls until Faye bulldozed her way into his life. Now, she’s his whole world, and their forced separation is crushing him. Once his manipulative ex resurfaces—hell-bent on ruining the Kennedys—he’ll do whatever it takes to protect his loved ones including turning his back on the one person he can’t live without.

Then tragedy strikes and all bets are off.

But is it too late?

When Faye needs him and he isn’t there for her, guilt and hurt threaten to obliterate their love. As they start to rebuild their fractured hearts, another sordid family secret is uncovered, and Faye worries Ky may be lost to her forever.

But can you truly lose someone if they don’t want to be found?


Oh my gosh! Losing Kyler was such a roller coaster ride! It was epic and heartbreaking at the same time. You can read my review of book 1: Finding Kyler, here.

*A little spoilery for those who have yet to read book 1.*

This book picks up right where it left off. After James drops the father bomb upon Faye, everything becomes far more complicated in their life. The more they try to come up with a solution, the more their problem entangles them. But when a new truth is revealed, it’s up to Kyler and Faye to decide what to do with the truth, face it or run from it.

As always, Siobhan managed to surprise the heck out of this book as well. Something or the other kept happening which made it difficult to put this book down. The plot was absolutely unpredictable which kept me on my toes. After Faye learns that James could be her father instead of just uncle, it complicates the relationship between her and Kyler. Their chemistry was off the charts and it was a struggle for both of them to be apart from one another.

He’s like my own personal kryptonite. 

But seriously, the Kennedys are one big messed up family but despite that, I loved the relationship between the brothers and how much they cared for each other despite their inner demons. I really, really hated Addison. I mean how can be a person this low? She is definitely onto something big and I can’t wait to find out about it in the final book of this series. The way she manipulated the situation of Kalvin really pissed me. I hope she gets what she deserves. Among the brothers, I seriously loooove Keaton, he is such a good friend to Faye but I’m really looking forward to reading Kalvin’s story as well.

I enjoyed how the plot was executed. The constant drama and the unexpected plot twists kept me thoroughly entertained. I loved the romance between Faye and Kyler but it felt that their relationship moved nowhere and I wanted more of that. Nonetheless, I was glad to finally know Faye’s whole truth and I hope she gets some closure. But that last plot twist seriously shocked me! I didn’t even see that one coming.

Overall, Losing Kyler was a great read! I enjoyed it so much. I loved how the plot was executed and I enjoyed the character growth. The chemistry between Kyler and Faye was undeniable. The writing was smooth and the pace was even throughout the book. I can’t wait to see how everything goes down in the final book of Kyler and Faye. I’m so freaking excited for it!

Recommend it?

YES!


Sooo guys, have you started this series yet? If yes, how has been your experience so far? Have you read any other book by this author?

Review: Operation Prom Date by Cindi Madsen

Operation Prom dateTitle: Operation Prom Date
Author: Cindi Madsen
Series: Tactics in Flirting, book 1 [Can be read as a standalone]
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Cool
Page Count and Format: 223 pages, Ebook
Expected Publication: March 13th 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:

4 stars

Blurb (from Goodreads):

Kate ships tons of fictional couples, but IRL her OTP is her and Mick, the hot quarterback she’s crushed on since, like, forever. With only one semester left of senior year, it’s now or never if she wants to land him in time for prom. Since she’s flirtationally challenged, she enlists Cooper Callihan, the guy who turned popular seemingly overnight but who used to be a good friend.

Cooper lives and breathes rowing, but his partner just broke his wrist. When he remembers Kate’s good with a set of oars, he strikes a deal: help him train, and he’ll make sure her crush notices her. Only he didn’t know how addicting spending time with her would be. Or how the more successful the Operation is, the more jealousy he experiences.

The mission has been set. The troops have their marching orders. But what if the target is the wrong guy all along?

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains stargazing, accidental swimming, and poker swindling. This kissing practice will melt your e-reader…and give you a new couple to ship.


My Thoughts

This book was oh so cute! I am glad to say March started off well. I didn’t think I was going to enjoy this book this much but I absolutely did. There were predictable moments but the overall it was a really good read.

Kate loves her fictional world and as much as she ships her OTPs, she has tough time sailing her own boat. So, when Cooper offers her help in exchange to be his rowing partner, she agrees. But as much time they spend with each other, unpredictable feelings arise between them but Kate has always wanted to go to prom with her longtime crush Mick. Will Kate realize her true feelings for Cooper before it’s too late?

The plot was predictable but it was definitely fun and as a result, I enjoyed it sooo much! Kate is a hopeless romantic but flirtationally challenged, she hasn’t been able to even talk to her crush, Mick with whom she desperately wants to go to prom. So, when Cooper lends a hand, she agrees and this mission Operation Prom Date is born! First of all, I really loved the friendship between Cooper and Kate, I enjoyed the banter between them. Both of them were comfortable in their own skin while they were with each other which is a fact that I really loved.

As their friendship grew, both of them started having feelings for each another but Kate was torn between the two while Cooper didn’t act on his feelings either. There really isn’t a love triangle in this book, thank God for that but Kate was really afraid of being rejected by Cooper, so she just went on with her plan. I would have liked if she handled her situation a little maturely. Nonetheless, I could understand her insecurities. Shipping couples in shows in one thing while trying to do something yourself in a whole different turn but I loved the fact that she stayed true to her feelings and morals. 

Kate was such a fun character, I could relate soo much with her. She loves a lot of shows that I love and honestly there were so many ship names in this book. My shipping heart absolutely loved it! So much! And even more, I loved Cooper because although half the things went over his head, he always listened to what was important to her, even if it was a tv show or her pet lizard named Klaus. (I know… XD)

Overall, Operation Prom Date was a fun read. I plot was executed neatly and I fell in love with the characters. Kate and Cooper were absolutely amazing and I definitely shipped them! The romance was little less but I loved every bit of it. The writing was smooth and easy to read and the pace was even throughout the book.

Recommend it?

Yes.


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Cover Reveal: Losing Kyler by Siobhan Davis

Today is the cover reveal for Losing Kyler by Siobhan Davis. This cover reveal is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours.

Losing KylerTitle: Losing Kyler
Author: Siobhan Davis
Series: The Kennedy Boys, book 2
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, [Upper Young Adult]
Expected Publication: 27 March 2017

Blurb:

Condemned to repeat the sins of the past…

Faye thought losing her parents was the most devastating thing to happen to her, but she was wrong. Her uncle’s scandalous revelation has sent her into a tailspin, leaving her questioning her entire existence.

Everything she believed is built on a lie.

And the one person she shares a passionate, soul-deep connection with can’t be there for her.

Faye and Ky can’t be together. It’s forbidden. Though they are determined to avoid replicating their parents’ mistakes, caving to their feelings is as tempting as the apple in the Garden of Eden.

Ky had sworn off girls until Faye bulldozed her way into his life. Now, she’s his whole world, and their forced separation is crushing him. Once his manipulative ex-resurfaces—hellbent on ruining the Kennedys—he’ll do whatever it takes to protect his loved ones including turning his back on the one person he can’t live without.

Then tragedy strikes and all bets are off.

But is it too late?

When Faye needs him and he isn’t there for her, guilt and hurt threaten to obliterate their love. As they start to rebuild their fractured hearts, another sordid family secret is uncovered, and Faye worries Ky may be lost to her forever.

But can you truly lose someone if they don’t want to be found?

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Excerpt

In this moment, I hate my mother, and I’m mad as all hell that she isn’t here for me to yell at. To demand she tell me the Goddamned truth and explain why she thought it was such a good idea to lie about virtually every facet of my life. My hands ball into fists at my sides, and I’m barely holding it together.

“I also discovered that he was working for a firm in Belfast at the time your mother told you she met him. He wasn’t working locally, Faye. There’s no way Saoirse could’ve met him in the way she described to you.”

Liar! How could she do this to me!

I don’t even know who I am anymore, and every memory I have of my parents is tarnished by the knowledge that it was a fabrication. That I was being lied to every single day of my life.

Why? Were they ever planning on telling me the truth?

Hopping up, enraged and upset, and struggling with a million other emotions, I sweep the contents of my dresser clear across the floor. Picking up the stool, I fling it across the room, watching as it smashes against the wall, the sounds of splintering wood adding to James’s  shocked gasps. Tears erupt from my eyes, and my cries fill the room as I slump to the ground, sobbing uncontrollably into my hands.

Ky kneels down, gently wrapping his arms around me from behind. His limbs are tense, his arms a little stiff, and I feel it too—the lure of his warmth and the call of his body battling against what we’ve been told, forcing us to maintain a certain distance.

“Kyler.” James’s voice contains clear warning.

“Shut up, Dad. She needs me, and I’m only comforting her. You’re the one who fucked up here, not us. And you’re a damn hypocrite to criticize us after all you’ve done.”

Ky’s statement is paradoxical in part, because the truth is more complex than that. Is James the hypocrite or are we? I don’t know what to think anymore. I massage my temples, digging my fingers into my skin with brutal intensity, welcoming the pressure. What is right and what is wrong? I’m not sure I know anymore, and my jumbled brain is incapable of constructing logical thought patterns.


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Keeping Kyler

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Two fractured hearts and a forbidden love they can’t deny. Finding Kyler is the first book in the Kennedy Boys series! You can add Finding Kyler to your to-read list on Goodreads.
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Author Bio:

Siobhan DavisSiobhan Davis writes emotionally intense young adult fiction with swoon-worthy romance, complex characters, and tons of unexpected plot twists and turns that will have you flipping the pages beyond bedtime! She is the author of the Amazon bestselling True Calling and Saven series.

Siobhan’s family will tell you she’s a little bit obsessive when it comes to reading and writing, and they aren’t wrong. She can rarely be found without her trusty Kindle, a paperback book, or her laptop somewhere close at hand.

Prior to becoming a full-time writer, Siobhan forged a successful corporate career in human resource management.

She resides in the Garden County of Ireland with her husband and two sons.

Author Links:

Website || Blog || Facebook || Twitter || Google + || Goodreads || Amazon || Kennedy Boys Newsletter


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Review: The Last Shadow Gate by Michael W. Garza

The Last Shadow GateTitle: The Last Shadow Gate
Author: Michael W. Garza
Series: The Shadow Gate Chronicles, book 1
Genre: Fantasy, [Middle-Grade]
Heat Rating: Cool
Page Count and Format: 264 pages, Ebook
Expected Publication: March 3rd, 2017 by NeverHaven Press
Source: I received an eARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
My Rating:

 4 stars

Blurb (from Goodreads):

Summer vacation was never supposed to be like this.

It was bad enough Naomi had to be shipped off to her dad’s home for the summer and deal with her half-brother Gavin, but when the siblings are forced to spend their break with their great-grandmother in upstate New York, everything changes. An investigation into the strange disappearance of their great-grandfather forces them to retrace his footsteps. They discover a gateway between worlds and encounter extraordinary creatures in a land where the people are desperate to escape the coming of a shade lord. To survive their adventure, Naomi and Gavin must settle their differences and find the elusive shadow gate that will take them home again.


My Thoughts

The Last Shadow Gate was a fast paced and adventurous story which I really enjoyed.

Gavin and Naomi are forced to spend their summer holiday with their great-grandmother whom they believe to be crazy. But that soon changes when they begin to investigate upon hearing the full story from her. Their world turns upside down when they land into a different realm through the Shadow Gate, the same realm where their great-grandfather never returned from. Will Gavin and Naomi be able to return home or will they be lost forever?

The plot was really enjoyable and I had so much fun reading this story. Gavin lives with her father whereas Naomi with her mother, they both don’t get along much but they have no other choice than to spend the whole summer together with their great-grandmother. I loved how the story was weaved and the plot was rich in world-building.

All the characters were layered which was an added bonus. Gavin acted a bit matured for his age but I seriously loved that guy! He reminded me of my brother in fact. I really love sibling stories and this was one of the books that portrayed a really good sibling relationship. I loved how their bickering turned into caring for one another. I really, really enjoyed it.

There were so many different kinds of people in the realm where Gavin and Naomi ended up in. They added the much-needed depth in the story. Tiberius was a kind of hybrid, I wasn’t really sure what to feel about him at first but I really liked how this character matured throughout the book. Lanacin was another character I enjoyed and I really hope to see more of him in book 2 and of course, how can I forget Kesi, I really loved her and I understood why she did what she did.

I enjoyed the action and the adventure they had to go throughout the book in order to obtain all the diaries of Gavin and Naomi’s great-grandfather in order to return home. The Wretched, the zombie-like monsters were a bit predictable and we got only a glimpse of the villains- Azzmon and Malick in this book but I so wanted more.

Overall, The Last Shadow Gate was a good read. The plot was neatly executed and I really enjoyed the characters. The pace was fast throughout the book and the writing was smooth and easy to read. I am definitely looking forward to reading the next book.

Recommend it?

Yes.


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Review: Waking in Time by Angie Stanton

Title: Waking in Time

Author: Angie Stanton

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Genre: Time-travelling, Sci-Fi, [Young-Adult]

Heat Rating: Cool

Page Count and Format: 360 pages, Ebook

Expected Publication: March 1st, 2017 by Capstone

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

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Blurb (from Goodreads):

Still mourning the loss of her beloved grandmother and shaken by her mysterious, dying request to “find the baby,” Abbi has just arrived at UW Madison for her freshman year. But on her second day, she wakes up to a different world: 1983. That is just the first stop on Abbi’s journey backward through time. Will is a charming college freshman from 1927 who travels forward through time. When Abbi and Will meet in the middle, love adds another complication to their lives. Communicating across time through a buried time capsule, they try to decode the mystery of their travel, find the lost baby, and plead with their champion, a kindly physics professor, to help them find each other again … even though the professor gets younger each time Abbi meets him. This page-turning story full of romance, twists, and delightful details about campus life then and now will stay with readers long after the book’s satisfying end.


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I love time-travelling and this book was right up to my alley! When I read the blurb, I immediately knew I wanted to read this one and I am glad I got to read it because it was a really good read and I fell in love with it!

Abbi is still mourning the loss of her grandmother while she has just joined college, the one that her grandmother also went to. She made a promise to her in her last days that she doesn’t know how to keep. When she goes to bed her first night, she wakes up in a different time. While wading through her confusion, she learns that she is not alone but she keeps skipping forward in time before she can actually do anything. Will she be able to solve the mystery of her time travelling and return back in time or is she stuck forever?

The plot was pretty interesting. I liked Abbi from the beginning, she was the mourning the loss of her grandmother when she enrolled in college. She had always wanted to join the college her grandmother went to and after she’s gone she thinks she’ll get some closure as well. But when she sleeps, she wakes up in a complete different time. I definitely enjoyed how the story unfolded. Although the time travelling aspect was not explained 100% but it left me satisfied. The professor played a pretty important role and I simply loved how things tied up in the end, it was awesome!

The time travelling aspect was pretty enjoyable. I loved how every time she would wake up in a different time and even more how everything was connected to her grandmother’s promise. As a character, Abbi was pretty interesting and smart and I liked how she handled things. Will was definitely charming. I loved him. He was her companion in time travelling but whereas Abbi moved backward in time, Will moved forward. Their relationship was doomed for the start but the forbidden element intrigued me more. I loved how both the characters fell for each other despite knowing they may never have a future together.

Among all the characters Abbi met during her travelling, I loved Rubi the most and knowing the actual truth about her like Abbi made it much more interesting to read about. It was pretty hard to keep this book down, especially when I nearing towards the end.

Overall, Waking in Time was a unique read! I enjoyed the plot and fell in love with the characters. I loved the realtionship of Will and Abbi and the romance was so sweet. The writing was smooth and easy to read and the pace was even throughout the book. I am definitely looking forward to read more books by this author.

Recommend it?

Yes!


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