Thursday, May 28, 2015

Book Shelf: Withering Hope by Layla Hagen

Aimee’s wedding is supposed to turn out perfect. Her dress, her fiancé and the location—the idyllic holiday ranch in Brazil—are perfect.

But all Aimee’s plans come crashing down when the private jet that’s taking her from the U.S. to the ranch—where her fiancé awaits her—defects mid-flight and the pilot is forced to perform an emergency landing in the heart of the Amazon rainforest.

With no way to reach civilisation, being rescued is Aimee and Tristan’s—the pilot—only hope. A slim one that slowly withers away, desperation taking its place. Because death wanders in the jungle under many forms: starvation, diseases. Beasts.

As Aimee and Tristan fight to find ways to survive, they grow closer. Together they discover that facing old, inner agonies carved by painful pasts takes just as much courage, if not even more, than facing the rainforest.

Despite her devotion to her fiancé, Aimee can’t hide her feelings for Tristan—the man for whom she’s slowly becoming everything. You can hide many things in the rainforest. But not lies. Or love.

Withering Hope is the story of a man who desperately needs forgiveness and the woman who brings him hope. It is a story in which hope births wings and blooms into a love that is as beautiful and intense as it is forbidden.

More info on Goodreads.......


Withering Hope by Layla Hagen is a harrowing tale of survival against difficult odds and is a beautiful story about romance and hope.

Aimee is on her way to a ranch in Brazil to meet her fiancé for their wedding when the plane she is travelling in must make an emergency landing and crashes, leaving her and the pilot Tristan standard in the Amazon jungle. With little supplies and only a slim chance of rescues from the dense canopy, Aimee and Tristan must learn to survive in the harsh jungle environment they're stranded in, and as the weeks and months fly by, Aimee begins to realize the dangers are great and Tristan is slowly beginning to mean more to her than she ever expected. Her fiancé may still be waiting for her, but Aimee is slowly beginning to fall for Tristan, and soon neither can deny the attraction that simmers between them.....

I wasn't sure what to think of this novel heading into the story; I love these kinds of survival tales and though I'm an uber romantic, I was a little thrown off by the idea that the heroine falls for someone else while she is engaged.....but Layla Hagen wrote the romance between Aimee and Tristan in such a way that I couldn't help but want them to be together.

Though Withering Hope is told predominantly through Aimee's eyes, there are a few chapters told through Tristan's too that really allow for a well rounded story. Hagen's writing is simple, and it's easy to see the months fly by as Aimee and Tristan begin to exist in the jungle world they find themselves in.

Both Aimee and Tristan were great characters and I really appreciated the way Layla Hagen developed them within the story. Time spent in the jungle really opens the eyes of them both, with Aimee learning a lot about herself and what she truly feels and wants during this time. It's a big thing for her to accept her relationship with her fiancé is more platonic, especially as she finds something passionate and real in Tristan's arms. There's a lot of guilt and uncertainty expressed and I actually quite enjoyed seeing Aimee struggle within herself, but ultimately make the choice she does.

Aimee and Tristan were quite sweet in my eyes. There's a comradeship that develops between them as they rely on one another to survive, and I thought it clever that Tristan's background helped he and Aimee survive. They made a strong couple who felt deeply for one another, and Hagen includes the perfect amount of emotional moments filled with desperation and love as both Aimee and Tristan's lives are on the line at times.

Action packed and harrowing, but also incredibly sweet, Withering Hope is a lovely romantic tale that is sure to please with it's danger, attraction and undeniable desire.

Source: Sent for review by the author (Thank you Layla)
Format: Kindle ebook
Buy it: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iTunes
My Recommendation: This was a great NA story! Worth a read.
Cover: I love this cover--perfect for the story.
Will I read sequel/continue with series: This is a standalone novel, but I'd read more by Layla Hagen for sure.....

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday #94

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.....
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Releases on: 20th October 2015
This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do.

This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet's AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it's clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she'd never speak to again.

Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.
I LOVE Aimee Kaufman's Starbound series with Meagan Spooner and am really excited to read more from her. This novel sounds really great--I have a love of alien invasion books, movies and tv series as well so I can't wait for this to be released!
What do you think of Illuminae? Will YOU be reading it?
And what are you waiting on this week?

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Book Shelf: Until The End (Sea Breeze #9) by Abbi Glines

The backstory that fans have been clamoring for - how Rock and Trisha fell in love - is the final installment in the sizzling Sea Breeze series.

Trisha Corbin always knew how to hide a bruise. And as long as it meant her momma's boyfriends wouldn't go near her little brother, Krit, it was worth it. But dreaming that Prince Charming would ever rescue her was pointless.

Rock Taylor always had a plan - a football scholarship for a major college team was within his reach - if he didn't let anything get in his way. But he'd never factored in trying to score a date with Trisha, the hottest girl in Sea Breeze. She was every man's walking fantasy, and she wouldn't even glance his way.
But when he finds her beaten and bruised, Rock knew his life was about to change and that he'd do anything to save Trisha Corbin, and keep her safe.

This special conclusion to the Sea Breeze series also contains the wrap-up stories of all your favourite Sea Breeze couples - the steamy romance won't stop until the very last page!

More info on Goodreads.....


Until the End is the final book in Abbi Glines sensational Sea Breeze series and finally tells the story of Rock and Trisha; heading back to the beginning before any of the other novels took place to show how this steadfast duo came to be together, before allowing us to revisit all the previous couples from the series once more and wrapping up a brilliant series in sensational form!

Although I'm really quite heartbroken to see this series come to an end and know I'll never again have the pleasure of starting a new Sea Breeze novel, I'm really quite thrilled with how this series concludes. Rock and Trisha have always been such a strong, cemented couple, from the moment the series began and it was wonderful to go back in time and discover how they actually came to be with one another. 

In a lot of ways this novel is kind of in two parts; the first being Rock and Trisha's story and the second featuring epilogues of all the other couple's we've followed throughout the series. Told through both Rock and Trisha's POV's and then in that of all the other characters, Until the End couldn't be a better conclusion to the series if you ask me. 

Abbi Glines took me on an emotional roller-coaster with Rock and Trisha and watching them fall in love and find each other was beautiful to behold. I think I appreciate them so much more after reading their prequel tale and as well as knowing what they've been through in their desire to have a family in the later Sea Breeze books. No one deserves happiness like they do, and now seeing all they've been though and how they managed to find happiness and strength in each other only makes me happier they managed to find a family in Preston's siblings, Daisy May, Brent and Jimmy. They're wonderful parents; breaking the cycle from the lives they had as children and teenagers, and Glines doesn't disappoint, weaving together an emotional, sexy and incredibly heartwarming story with their romance!

If it wasn’t enough to see Trisha and Rock falling in love in Until the End, Abbi Glines thrills us with the opportunity to follow all the previous couples in the series once more. Each has a short epilogue and allows readers to see what happened after their respective novels concluded. Each was sexy, sweet and highly entertaining, with the stories featuring Jason and Jess, Blythe and Krit and Dewayne and Sienna standouts for me! I found certain developments adorable, sweet and oh, so satisfying.

Glines ties the series up perfectly, and in the Abbi Glines fashion we have come to know and love. There’s no doubt in my mind that every moment of this series has been wonderful and worthwhile and I give Abbi Glines props for ending it so sensationally and giving her series the spectacular sendoff it deserves---brilliant, simply brilliant!

Source: Sent for review by Simon & Schuster Australia (Thank you Jen!)
Format: Paperback
Buy it: Bookworld | The Nile | The Book Depository | Amazon
My Recommendation: Don't miss this stunning NA series!
Cover: Defintely has a fresh feel, but doesn't blow me away....
Will I read sequel/continue with series: This is the final Sea Breeze novel, but I'll read WHATEVER Abbi Glines writes next!!

Monday, May 25, 2015

Owl Post #63

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.
Hey guys!
 It's that time again and I've got some new books to share with you :)
For Review:
From Simon & Schuster:
- Me Being Me Is Exactly as Insane as You Being You by Todd Hasak-Lowy
This novel sounds really different. I don't know if it's exactly my kind of novel, but I may give it a go one day.
- Denton Little's Deathdate by Lance Rubin
I'm a little intrigued by this novel. It sounds really different--may try to get around to it at some point. Oh and is it just me, but does the cover model look like Macaulay Culkin??
- The Potion Diaries by Amy Alward
I really love the sound of this novel! Sounds fun and exactly the kind of thing I would enjoy. Can't wait to read it!
.....Thank you guys!
From HarperCollins Australia:
- - An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
After receiving a copy of this the week before last, I was a little surprised to discover a 2nd copy in my letterbox last week, lol. I may give a copy away :)
.....Thank you guys!
From Scholastic Australia:
- Thirst by Lizzie Wilcock
I hadn't heard of this before I received this copy, but I may give it a go eventually--it doesn't sound too bad.
- Seven Days by Eve Ainsworth
This novel sounds like it could be a very deep and meaningful read. Not necessarily my kind of novel, but I may read it one day :)
......Thank you guys!
And those are the novels I received last week!
What did the owls leave YOU recently?

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Free Ebooks

Hi everyone :)

It's time for some freebies. Enjoy!

Hope you managed to get something new :)

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Book Shelf: Mia and the Bad Boy (Backstage Pass #2) by Lisa Burstein

This good girl’s about to meet her match…

Ryder Brooks is living the dream—he’s famous, loved by millions of girls, and miserable. All he really wants is to write his own music, not Seconds to Juliet’s sugary sweet pop. In order to do that, though, the “bad boy” of the band will have to play by the rules. And that includes behaving with his new—and super cute—über-good-girl tutor.

Mia Reyes is in fangirl heaven. Tutoring her favorite member of her favorite band? It’s a dream come true…until it turns into a complete nightmare. Ryder is nothing like she thought. He’s crude, arrogant, and pretty much a total jerk. And the worst part? She’s roped into pretending to be his girlfriend so that no one finds out he’s being tutored. Fake kisses, plenty of PDA, and even sharing his hotel room…

But sometimes even the baddest of bad boys needs a little redemption.

More info on Goodreads....


Mia and the Bad Boy is the second novel in the Backstage Pass series, this time written by author Lisa Burstein and is another brilliant story that features sizzling romance, wonderful dialogue and is impossible to put down.

After the brilliance that was Aimee and the Heartthrob, I was really excited to see more of the Seconds to Juliet boys and I can say without a doubt that Mia and the Bad Boy is a worthy follow up! Straddling the YA and NA fence, Mia and the Bad boy this time tells the story of Ryder Brooks, the self professed "bad boy" of Seconds to Juliet and Mia Reyes, the girl who is brought in to tutor the failing rock star and ends up becoming his pretend girlfriend as well. As Mia and Ryder spend time together, their "fake" romance quickly becomes reality in this fun, sweet and highly addictive story!

A little birdy has told there will be five books in this series; I imagine detailing a romance between a different Seconds to Juliet member and their leading lady with each installment. If the first two novels are anything to go by, then there's a chance each novel may be written by a different author, something that has seen Aimee and the Heartthrob and Mia and the Bad Boy maintain the same fun, highly entertaining feel, whilst having very different characters, something that is very evident in the different personalities of all four main characters so far.

Mia and the Bad Boy, like Aimee and the Heartthrob before it, is told in Ryder and Mia's dual POV and allows readers to see into the minds and hearts of both main characters at opportune moments. Lisa Burstein's writing is solid; simple but well detailed and sees the author build Mia and Ryder's relationship in a way that is pure gold. The attraction, magnetism and passion that builds between them is spot on, and the chemistry is just the kind I love.

Ryder is a bad boy, but as Mia and the Bad Boy unfolds, the reasons behind Ryder's actions and attitude become clear. He'd guarded due to having been used in the past and you can't really blame the guy. Mia isn't the kind of girl Ryder expects to be attracted to, but she's honest, natural and a bit geeky; managing to become a friend to the guarded rock star even as the instant attraction between them simmers and builds in the background.

I loved both Ryder and Mia and haven't got a bad word to say about either of them! Though they're different, they're actually perfect for each other and I loved how Lisa Burstein wrote both their characters. Mia stands up to, and teases Ryder in a way he needs and Ryder is able to bring Mia out of her shell and help her discover confidence in herself. They better each other. Oh, and the chemistry is on fire too! Something that certainly doesn't make Mia and the Bad Boy hard to read.

Fun, sassy and perfectly paced, Mia and the Bad Boy is a delicious read! Lisa Burstein hits the nail on the head and cements Mia and the Bad Boy as a perfect tale if you're a fan of bad boys, boy bands and everything in between. I'm totally ready for the next book, no matter which remaining Seconds to Juliet member it features and can't wait for it's release; whenever that may be......

Source: Sent for review by Entangled Publishing (Thank you guys!)
Format: Kindle ebook through Netgalley
Buy it: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo
My Recommendation: If you like boy bands and rock starts this is the perfect YA series!
Cover: Awesome. And very sexy....
Will I read sequel/continue with series: Yes! Can't wait!

Friday, May 22, 2015

Blog Tour: Confessions of a Virgin Sex Columnist! by Kay Marie- Guest Post & Giveaway

I'm thrilled to be taking part in the blog tour for Confessions of a Virgin Sex Columnist by Kay Marie today thanks to YA Bound Book Tours. I read and reviewed this novel yesterday and loved it! Today Kay Marie is introducing you all to one of the "mean girls" of the novel, Blythe Keaton. Oh and I have a wonderful giveaway to share.....

From bestselling author Kaitlyn Davis, writing as Kay Marie, comes a new adult romantic comedy about a girl who'll soon discover that some secrets can't be kept forever, especially those of the heart.

My name is Skylar Quinn. I just moved to New York with my best friend Bridget, and I have a confession. Well, more than one. Okay, quite a few really. Fine, here goes!

Confession #1: I'm a sex columnist. Hold on, that's not really the confession. You see, I'm sort of a columnist.

Confession #2: I'm kind of in love with Bridget's older brother, Oliver. No, I was. No, I am. Wait, was? Am? Crap.

Confession #3: I've been avoiding Oliver for four years. Or I was until today, because he just moved in. Yes, you read that correctly. He's my new roommate. So that night we've both been pretending never happened, well, we might not be able to keep it a secret any longer.

And trust me, this is only the beginning.

Add on Goodreads or check out my 4 star review!


Character Spotlight – Blythe Keaton

Name: Blythe Keaton, the one and only

Occupation: Newspaper assistant, don’t remind her, and Manhattan socialite

Who Is She? The main character Skylar’s coworker who had been worki ng for the Style section long before Skylar started, and according to her, completely deserved a column of her own. So, basically, the coworker from hell. You migh t recognize the last name— she’s also the sister to Skylar’s boy interest of the moment, Patrick Keaton. Before you ask—yes, Skye is already aware she has issues and needs to stop getting crushes on people’s older brothers...

Loves: All things fashion, attending fall and spring collection previews, picking that perfect gown for a charity gala, her Birkin bag, having minions, and buying a new pair of Christian LouBoutin heels.

Hates: Models, dancers, usurpers of any kind, and women who walk around in hoodies. And B.O., but that’s just common sense.

Guilty Pleasures: Blythe doesn’t really see the point of guilty pleasures—everything she does is fabulous.

If you want to read the rest of my character spotlights, just keep following the tour :)
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In Her Own Words: I've always been a writer. I grew up duct taping my novels together, started writing complete manuscripts in high school and studied creative writing at Johns Hopkins University. Upon graduating, I decided it was finally time to actually give my dream career a chance. So, of course, I started writing a young adult paranormal romance series -- and no, I'm not jumping on the bandwagon. I've been a true paranormal supporter for my entire life! I blame my obsession almost completely on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, my all-time favorite television show. And, before you ask: Yes, I own every season... even the post WB ones! I especially challenge anyone to watch the first three seasons and not fall in love with Angel, securing a lifelong love of vampires! Other culprits of my paranormal obsession are some of my favorite authors: JK Rowling, Raymond Feist, Meg Cabot, Richelle Mead, Lynne Ewing and Tamora Pierce.

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