Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday #244

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking The Spine where you can spotlight an upcoming release that you're eagerly anticipating.

This week I'm waiting on.....
 
The Everlasting Rose by Dhonielle Clayton
Releases on: March 5th 2019
 
In this sequel to the instant New York Times bestseller, Camille, her sister Edel, and her guard and new love Remy must race against time to find Princess Charlotte. Sophia's Imperial forces will stop at nothing to keep the rebels from returning Charlotte to the castle and her rightful place as queen. With the help of an underground resistance movement called The Iron Ladies-a society that rejects beauty treatments entirely-and the backing of alternative newspaper The Spider's Web, Camille uses her powers, her connections and her cunning to outwit her greatest nemesis, Sophia, and restore peace to Orleans.

Thoughts:
The Belle's started somewhat slow for me, but I felt the novel got better over time. So much so that I am genuinely eager to read this sequel. I'm honestly not too much of a fan of the cover (though I'm stoked they kept the same cover model!), but I am hopeful that the story it houses will be good. 

Have you read The Belles? What did you think?
And what are you waiting on this week?
 
 

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Book Shelf: The Kiss Quotient (The Kiss Quotient #1) by Helen Hoang

A heartwarming and refreshing debut novel that proves one thing: there's not enough data in the world to predict what will make your heart tick.

Stella Lane thinks math is the only thing that unites the universe. She comes up with algorithms to predict customer purchases--a job that has given her more money than she knows what to do with, and way less experience in the dating department than the average thirty-year-old.

It doesn't help that Stella has Asperger's and French kissing reminds her of a shark getting its teeth cleaned by pilot fish. Her conclusion: she needs lots of practice--with a professional. Which is why she hires escort Michael Phan. The Vietnamese and Swedish stunner can't afford to turn down Stella's offer, and agrees to help her check off all the boxes on her lesson plan--from foreplay to more-than-missionary position...

Before long, Stella not only learns to appreciate his kisses, but to crave all the other things he's making her feel. Soon, their no-nonsense partnership starts making a strange kind of sense. And the pattern that emerges will convince Stella that love is the best kind of logic...


More info on Goodreads....

Review: 

The Kiss Quotient is Helen Hoang's debut novel and is an absolutely sensational tale littered with sizzling chemistry, endearing moments and powerful displays of love.

Stella Lane is a wealthy, successful economist who prefers analyzing data than interacting with people. As someone who has Asperger's, Stella finds social interactions difficult and awkward, but when her mother reminds her it's time for her to settle down and find a husband, Stella decides to hire a male escort to help her learn to be a good girlfriend. As his mother continues to undergo cancer treatment, Michael Larson found himself facing unending bills, so he decided to put his good looks to use to make extra money on the side. As an escort, Michael has a firm rule about no-repeat clients, but when Stella hires him to help her to learn how to be in a relationship, her unique proposal is too tempting to turn down. Spending time together sees them begin to care for one another, but with Michael's past hanging over him and Stella's fears always close to home will they be able to find happiness together? Or will they let true love slip away?

Having heard nothing but great things about The Kiss Quotient, I was very excited to read Helen Hoang's debut. The concept sounded so good and having now read the novel myself, I can one hundred percent see why the world has fallen in love with Stella and Michael's story.

The Kiss Quotient was just so very beautiful and so very moving to read. Deliciously written with tangible characters, sexual tension through the roof and sex scenes that were electric and not repetitive, The Kiss Quotient  genuinely was just a wonderfully addictive novel to get lost in. Full of plenty of engaging and entertaining moments as well as two protagonists I absolutely fell in love with, there is nothing about The Kiss Quotient that I could fault--except maybe that it eventually ended and I still wanted to stay lost in Stella and Michael's world.

Even though it is a rom-com at it's base, Helen Hoang did just a fantastic job creating a love story that dares to be different with The Kiss Quotient. The Kiss Quotient features a heroine with Asperger's syndrome, a developmental disability that effects how people perceive the world around them and interact with others, and boy to I have to commend Hoang on how she wrote Stella. I feel she depicted a woman with this kind of autism so beautifully and respectfully.

Stella managed to capture my heart so entirely but I still appreciated seeing her written in all her honestly. My heart really hurt for her as she faced her feelings of inadequacy throughout the novel and tried to do, and be, better. Stella was a beautiful soul and I thoroughly loved seeing her find happiness with Michael who appreciated her for everything she was.

And Michael! Well, Michael may just be my next favourite book boyfriend. Escorting aside, Michael could quite possibly be the perfect man in so many ways; he was charming and kind and so patient with Stella. I loved seeing him love so deeply and adore Stella so completely. Even being in his head was a pleasure as he was intelligent and capable and down to earth. I just adored him.

Helen Hoang writes a romance to be remembered with Stella and Michael's relationship. In the beginning she hires him to teach her about sex and relationships but as their connection develops, there's no denying that Stella and Michael have something very real and special. Their romance is built through many thoughtful and endearing moments, sexual tension and care. They just go; making one another happy in a way that is effortless and beautiful.

I honestly could just go on and on about this novel. The Kiss Quotient is such a fantastic story and won my heart and so with it's adorable romance and fantastic characters. I cannot wait to see Helen Hoang expand on her world with the companion novel featuring Michael's cousin Khai and adore the diversity we saw within this tale!

I highly recommend The Kiss Quotient. This is definitely a favourite of mine in 2018 and all time and will stay with me for a long time, especially as I plan to revisit Stella and Michael down the track. Theirs is a story I can see myself getting lost in again and again.....

Rating:
Source: I purchased
Publisher: Corvus
Format: Paperback
Release Date: July 5th 2018
Purchase: Angus & Robertson | Booktopia | The Book Depository | Amazon
Final Thoughts: I LOVED this book and cannot wait to read the next one in the series!


Monday, October 15, 2018

Owl Post #221


Inspired by The Story Siren's In My Mailbox, Owl Post allows us bloggers to showcase the books we've bought, won or received throughout the week and is hosted by Brodie over at Eleusinian Mysteries. We all know that the Owl Post is the fastest way to send and receive mail and they certainly make me happy every time they drop a book off.
 
Welcome to this weeks Owl Post! I only received one book this week, but it's a goodie!
 
I Bought:
- Escaping from Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco
I absolutely devoured the first two book in this series and the pre-ordered this straight away. This will legit be my next read as I'm absolutely dying to read this novel! 

And that's me this week!
What did the owls bring YOU?


Sunday, October 14, 2018

Book Shelf: Risen (Blood Eternal #1) by Cole Gibsen

Fans of Vampire Diaries and Twilight will be thirsting for this latest vampire addiction…

My aunt has been kidnapped by vampires, and it’s up to me to save her. Only…I had no idea vampires existed. None. Nada. I’m more of a reader than a fighter, and even though I’d been wishing to escape my boring existence in the middle of nowhere, I’d give anything to have it back now if it meant my aunt was safe.

Then there’s the vampire Sebastian, who seems slightly nicer than most of the bloodsuckers I’ve run into so far. Yes, he’s the hottest being I’ve ever come across, but there’s no way I can trust him. He swears he’s helping me get answers, but there’s more to his story. Now I’m a key pawn in a raging vampire war, and I need to pick the right ally.

But my chances of surviving this war are slim at best, when the side I choose might be the one that wants me dead the most.


More info on Goodreads.....


Review: 

Risen is Cole Gibsen’s latest release and is a highly addictive and fast paced story of danger, romance and sizzling chemistry. Captivating from beginning to end, I can definitely see this becoming my new vampire obsession!

Seventeen year old Charlie wants nothing more than to escape the isolated cabin she shares with her Aunt Rachel and their dog in the woods. However, she certainly never expected the opportunity would arise only when her Aunt is kidnapped by vampires. Having no idea they even existed until they kicked down her cabin door, Charlie is determined to rescue her Aunt; if only she knew how. Trusting the vampire Sebastian seems like a bad idea, even if he is nicer than the other bloodsuckers she’s encountered and too good-looking for his own good. Yet doing so may be Charlie’s only choice. Sebastian swears he’s helping her get answers, but as she finds herself becoming a pawn in a century’s long conflict between rival vampire clans, will Charlie find herself a casualty of war? Or will the new abilities she seems to be welding change the fate of everything she thinks she knows?

As the first novel by Cole Gibsen I have read, I was really blown away by Risen! I seriously LOVED this novel. As someone who has read a lot of vampire novels in her time, I’m at a point where very few really manages to get under my skin any more, but Risen had me hooked by the very opening chapter!

Fast paced and told through the perspective of a sassy and brave young woman, Risen takes a lot of common vampire folklore and weaves it together with enough of a twist that the world Gibsen has created draws you in effortlessly. I’m not sure what I expected before I began, but the compelling chemistry between main character Charlie and vampire Sebastian, along with the forward moving storyline and sharp dialogue really won me over. Cole Gibsen had me refusing to put the story down—I was hooked.

Charlie was tenacious and brave as she faced this new world she found herself thrust into. While Sebastian who starts out as a threat and soon becomes an unexpected alley to Charlie truly was the swoon worthy love interest he comes across as. Not that she wasn’t prepared to look after herself but there was something so adorable about seeing Sebastian’s protective instincts kick in where Charlie was concerned as the novel progressed.

The two of them had a very sweet relationship and I loved how Gibsen built up the tension with each biting comment exchanged between them and the softer unexpected moments of assistance. Together alongside hunter Opal, Charlie and Sebastian expressed the kind of friendship and relationship that I feel shines in this genre of story.

With plenty of developments and questions having arisen, Risen is a fun but romantic story perfect for vampire lovers. I have an inkling where the parentage of certain characters is heading and I’m so freaking excited about the prospect of exploring this in the next novel. Bring on the sequel—I need it stat!

Rating:
Source: Sent for review by publisher via Netgalley (Thank you guys!)
Publisher: Entangled: Teen
Format: Kindle ebook via Netgalley
Release Date: March 27th 2018
Purchase: Bookworld | Booktopia | The Book Depository | Amazon
Final Thoughts: I HIGHLY enjoyed this novel--it was so much fun--and I can't wait for more!



Saturday, October 13, 2018

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Book Shelf: Not If I Save You First by Ally Carter

Maddie thought she and Logan would be friends forever. But when your dad is a Secret Service agent and your best friend is the president's son, sometimes life has other plans. Before she knows it, Maddie's dad is dragging her to a cabin in the middle of the Alaskan wilderness.

No phone.
No Internet.
And not a single word from Logan.

Maddie tells herself it's okay. After all, she's the most popular girl for twenty miles in any direction. (She’s also the only girl for twenty miles in any direction.) She has wood to cut and weapons to bedazzle. Her life is full.
Until Logan shows up six years later . . .
And Maddie wants to kill him.

But before that can happen, an assailant appears out of nowhere, knocking Maddie off a cliff and dragging Logan to some unknown fate. Maddie knows she could turn back- and get help. But the weather is turning and the terrain will only get more treacherous, the animals more deadly.

Maddie still really wants to kill Logan.
But she has to save him first.


More info on Goodreads..... 


Review: 

Not If I Save You First is Ally Carter’s latest release and is a sharp and sassy contemporary YA set in the Alaskan wilderness and full of adventure, romance and survival against the odds.

Sixteen year old Madeline “Maddie” Manchester lives in an isolated cabin deep in the Alaskan wilderness with her former Secret Service father. There’s no phone, no internet and nobody around for miles. Maddie is used to the isolation and quiet but all that changes when her former best friend Logan is dropped off as punishment for disobeying his father. Maddie hasn’t seen Logan for six years and the son of the president of the United States has changed drastically from the ten-year old she used to know. Maddie isn’t sure if she wants to kill Logan or kiss him, but when the two find themselves stranded alone with a killer on their tail, Maddie will have to decide if she’s willing to forgive Logan long enough to keep them alive. Or will the two of them find themselves victims of the madman with a gun and the elements that are getting worse with every passing moment?

Ally Carter once again brings to life a sassy and highly entertaining story with Not If I Save You First. Unfolding through the varying prospective of main characters Maddie and Logan, something I hadn’t been expecting as I thought we would only see the novel unfold through Maddie’s eyes, Not If I Save You First was a very fun and easy to read novel.

Quick reading that still manages to capture your imagination, Not If I Save You First details a compelling and amusing wilderness survival tale that sees two estranged friends forced to rely on one another when they’re attacked and then stuck in Alaska’s snow ridden woods together.

Maddie and Logan both had sharp and charming voices with their personalities likable and easy to enjoy. Maddie especially was full of sass and flair; a normal teenage girl who had a sharp and intelligent mind and plenty of sarcasm. I loved that Ally Carter gave Maddie all the intellectual tools and resources to be able to survive in the wilderness. Seeing her adapt, plan and execute her rescue was entertaining and enjoyable to read.

As someone who seems to be a fan of wilderness survival tales Not If I Save You First ticked all the boxes for me. I enjoyed seeing the protagonists fight to survive in the great outdoors and the dialogue, adventure and hints of romance wrapped it all up nicely.

Ally Carter has created a fun story with Not If I Save You First that I recommend to those who love their YA contemporary with a bit of flair and adventure!

Rating:
Source: Sent for review by publisher (Thank you guys!)
Publisher: Scholastic Australia
Format: Paperback
Australian RRP: $16.99
Release Date: May 1st 2018
Purchase: Bookworld | Booktopia | The Book Depository | Amazon
Final Thoughts: A solid and enjoyable read.


Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday #243

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking The Spine where you can spotlight an upcoming release that you're eagerly anticipating.

This week I'm waiting on.....
 
Sky Without Stars by Jessica Brody & Joanne Rendell 
Releases on: April 2nd 2019
 
A thief. An officer. A guardian.

Three strangers, one shared destiny . . .


When the Last Days came, the planet of Laterre promised hope. A new life for a wealthy French family and their descendants. But five hundred years later, it’s now a place where an extravagant elite class reigns supreme; where the clouds hide the stars and the poor starve in the streets; where a rebel group, long thought dead, is resurfacing.

Whispers of revolution have begun—a revolution that hinges on three unlikely heroes…

Chatine is a street-savvy thief who will do anything to escape the brutal Regime, including spy on Marcellus, the grandson of the most powerful man on the planet.

Marcellus is an officer—and the son of a renowned traitor. In training to take command of the military, Marcellus begins to doubt the government he’s vowed to serve when his father dies and leaves behind a cryptic message that only one person can read: a girl named Alouette.

Alouette is living in an underground refuge, where she guards and protects the last surviving library on the planet. But a shocking murder will bring Alouette to the surface for the first time in twelve years…and plunge Laterre into chaos.

All three have a role to play in a dangerous game of revolution—and together they will shape the future of a planet.

Power, romance, and destiny collide in this sweeping reimagining of Victor Hugo’s masterpiece, Les Misérables.

Thoughts:
The first thing that caught my attention about this novel was the cover--it's stunning--then I started reading the synopsis and I was highly intrigued and then I read the last two lines of said synopsis and discovered its a retelling of Les Misérables and now nothing and no one will stop me from reading this book. It sounds FANTASTIC! I must have!

What do you think of Sky Without Stars?
What are you waiting on this week?