Sunday, April 19, 2015

Free Ebooks!

Hi guys :)

I was supposed to be participating in a blitz today but it's been pushed back....so I though, why don't I share some freebies!



Hope you got something new. Enjoy!

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Book Shelf: Bad for You (Sea Breeze #7) by Abbi Glines

Innocence isn’t meant for the addictive…The next sultry affair in the New York Times bestselling Sea Breeze Collection by Abbi Glines is unstoppably steamy.

Addiction is part of Krit Corbin’s nature—and women have always been his favorite obsession. But that’s the life of a lead singer in a band. He can have any woman he wants—anywhere, anytime. Well, except for one.

Blythe Denton is used to being alone. The minister’s family who raised her never accepted her as their own, and the cruel minister’s wife made sure Blythe understood just how unworthy she was of love. So when she finally gets the chance to live by herself, Blythe takes it and moves into an apartment building with a loud upstairs neighbor who keeps throwing parties all night long.

It’s during one such party when Krit opens the door to find his new neighbor standing there. Blythe wants him to turn down the music, but he convinces her to stay. She’s nothing like the women who parade in and out of his apartment, but Krit can’t resist her—her brown hair, cute glasses, and sexy innocence is too much for him to ignore.

Determined to win Blythe over, Krit Corbin may have just found his biggest addiction yet.


More info on Goodreads......


Review:

The seventh novel in Abbi Glines sensational Sea Breeze series Bad For You is another deliciously addictive story that features two heart-warming main characters and a stellar new romance from one of the queens of the NA genrethis is Glines at her best; wickedly sensual, romantic and humorous!

Gah! I am so seriously in love with Abbi Glines and her books. I know some people may not appreciate what Glines does with her stories, but I sure do! Every novel of hers that I read is extremely entertaining, fast paced and forward movingthere’s never a boring moment to be found with Abbi Glines at the helm and Bad For You is no exception!

Following rocker and self-professed ladies man Krit Corbin and innocent stunner Blythe Denton the woman who worms herself into the bad-boy’s heart and soul, Bad For You is extremely addictive and an all-round great read. Be prepared to find nothing but romance, chemistry and delicious addictions in Bad For You as Abbi Glines tells a story that sees a man everyone sees the bad in find love with a woman who truly sees the good. Fan favourite Krit finally gets his own story and Glines does not disappoint with this fantastic instalment.

Man, after reading this I am so in love with Krit and Blythe. Admittedly, they’re both so different, but bring out the best in each other. I always love seeing two people who are so different fall in love, but there’s something extra special about seeing Krit become absolutely dedicated to Blythe.

Krit is your typical misunderstood rocker who goes through more women than should be allowed, but from the moment they meet, Blythe is something different to him. He wants to protect her and take care of her, and she appeals to that caring side of himself that just wants someone to take care ofa side he never knew he had. He doesn’t feel good enough for her, but he wants to be, even as he fights what he feels in the hope of doing the right thing.

Blythe on the other hands is a really sweet, innocent leading lady and I really feel for her in this novel. She’s essentially been alone her whole life and those who have raised her have destroyed her self-worth by belittling her and telling her constantly she is evil and ugly and unworthyto the point where this is what she believes, even though she’s as far from as possible. I think the sad thing in this novel is that Blythe truly believes what she’s been told and what she says. She apologies too easily and takes blame where she shouldn’t.

It’s not until she moves to Sea Breeze does she meet Krit and his friends and family who treat her like a human being with feelings. The characters in this series that we all know and love instantly accept Blythe and treat her with respect and carethe way anyone would deserve to be treated. It’s this coupled with Krit’s love and devotion that help Blythe gain her own independence and security in herself; something I found very sweet to watch as she truly is such a great character.

As a couple, Krit and Blythe I think are one of my favourites in this series. As individuals they’re just so likable and even though Krit has made mistakes and has his faults he genuinely adores Blythe and treats her with nothing but kindness the moment they meet. Krit is drawn to Blythe for her light and her kindness and quickly forms a beautiful friendship, which while it surprises those in Krit’s life manages to develop a great foundation to blossom into a wonderful romance. Glines writes their romance sensual and sexy with plenty of chemistry that sees the two of them care about the other and see the best in the other than others may not see. Personally, I found them to be too cute for words and thrilled with how Glines wrote their romance.

As another brilliant instalment in a fantastic series, Bad For You is Abbi Glines at her best and has me eager for the next book already. Sexy, fun and extremely sweet, Bad For You is oh so good and oh so addictivemake sure you don’t miss out this great instalment!

Rating:
Source: Sent for review by Simon & Schuster Australia (Thank you Jen!)
Format: Paperback
Buy it: Bookworld | The Nile | The Book Depository | Amazon
My Recommendation: Do NOT miss this book or this series!
Cover: I like it, but it's not how I picture Krit though......
Will I read sequel/continue with series: YES!

Friday, April 17, 2015

Aimee and the Heartthrob by Ophelia London- Excerpt

Having had the pleasure of reading Aimee and the Heartthrob, yesterday I posted my 4 star review for Aimee and the Heartthrob by Ophelia London, a super fun and cute contemporary romance that released this week on April 14th and today I'm featuring Aimee and the Heartthrob with an excerpt!

He never noticed her before, but now she’s all he can see…

Miles Carlisle is every teen girl’s fantasy. His rugged good looks and exotic British accent have helped catapult his boy band, Seconds to Juliet, to super-stardom. But after two disastrous and very public breakups, Miles isn’t interested in dating just any girl; he wants The One. And the only girl he’s interested in is not only his best friend’s little sister―and off-limits―but won’t even give him the time of day…

As a kid, Aimee Bingham had a huge thing for Miles…until he made fun of her for always tagging along. Now that she’s outgrown both him and her pigtails. the prospect of spending two weeks on tour with the childhood crush who broke her heart isn’t exactly enticing. Except now Miles seems interested. Very interested. And no matter how hard Aimee tries to resist him, her crush is definitely making a comeback.

But everyone knows that falling for a heartthrob is a backstage pass to heartbreak…

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From Aimee and the Heartthrob......

By the time Aimee had followed the water trail to the back door, of course The One was already gone, carrying the five boys away. Bummer. With slower, heavier steps, she walked to her bus and climbed the stairs, ready to crash out in her bunk before anyone else arrived.

“Hey.”

Was she hallucinating? Had the image of Miles in a damp T-shirt stuck to his body like second skin been so vivid that she’d actually conjured it up? He lifted a hand and waved. No. It was him. On her bus, by the back row of seats. 

So much for avoidance. “Hi,” she said, unfreezing and walking down the aisle to him. “Aren’t you on the wrong bus?”

“These are all my buses.”

“I mean, aren’t you supposed to be on The One?”

“Yeah, but it doesn’t really matter which one I’m on, as long as nobody knows. These windows are tinted, so no one can see in.”

“But you’re leaving a puddle.” She pointed at the floor. “I think someone might notice that.”

He dropped his gaze to the floor and stepped back, holding up the bottom of his drenched T-shirt. Aimee caught a sliver of his bare stomach, also drenched. In fact, he was head-to-toe sopping wet.

“Where are your dry clothes?”

“On The One. I didn’t plan this ahead of time. As we were running to the bus, I told Trevin I was coming here. So, no one’ll miss me.”

“Miles, you can’t stay like this. You’ll freeze to death.”

He shrugged. “It was spur-of-the-moment.”

“Well, stay there.” She ran to one of the bunks, a tech guy’s who was close to the same size as Miles, and grabbed clothes at random. “The bathroom’s right there and there’re towels,” she said, holding out the clothes. “But, um, you’d better take those off first.”

Miles looked up and met her eyes, water drops clinging to his lashes. She immediately dropped the clothes onto a seat, backed up, and turned around, facing the other way.

“Thanks,” he said.

Keeping her back to him, she heard clothes being removed and a zipper fly unzipping. Her skin burned under her hair as she fought to keep her gaze forward, and not creep to the side to see if she could catch his reflection in the window glass. Miles…stripping naked right behind her. Dafuq was she supposed to do with that?

Finally, the bathroom door closed. She exhaled and slowly turned around. Yeah, there was a pile of wet clothes on the floor. Everything he’d been wearing. Was off.

And Aimee died right there. Like, dead.

She held her breath, then blew it out. To keep herself conscious, she scooted his clothes into a corner with her foot, trying not to look at them closely enough to distinguish if he wore boxers or briefs. Definitely boxers.
 
 
USA Today bestselling author Ophelia London was born and raised among the redwood trees in beautiful northern California. Once she was fully educated, she decided to settle in Florida, but her car broke down in Texas and she’s lived in Dallas ever since. A cupcake and treadmill aficionado (obviously those things are connected), she spends her time watching arthouse movies and impossibly trashy TV, while living vicariously through the characters in the books she writes.

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Having read this book I'm sooooo in love with it! The Seconds to Juliet boys have won me over and not only can I not wait to read the next book in the series, but I urge you all to check this this fabulous novel!

 
 

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Book Shelf: Aimee and the Heartthrob (Backstage Pass #1) by Ophelia London

He never noticed her before, but now she’s all he can see…

Miles Carlisle is every teen girl’s fantasy. His rugged good looks and exotic British accent have helped catapult his boy band, Seconds to Juliet, to super-stardom. But after two disastrous and very public breakups, Miles isn’t interested in dating just any girl; he wants The One. And the only girl he’s interested in is not only his best friend’s little sister―and off-limits―but won’t even give him the time of day…

As a kid, Aimee Bingham had a huge thing for Miles…until he made fun of her for always tagging along. Now that she’s outgrown both him and her pigtails. the prospect of spending two weeks on tour with the childhood crush who broke her heart isn’t exactly enticing. Except now Miles seems interested. Very interested. And no matter how hard Aimee tries to resist him, her crush is definitely making a comeback.

But everyone knows that falling for a heartthrob is a backstage pass to heartbreak…


More info on Goodreads......


Review:

Aimee and the Heartthrob by Ophelia London is a delicious contemporary romance that features two brilliant characters and an addictive romance you’ll be unable to put down!

Aimee and the Heartthrob follows two very different teenagers who are living two very different lives but sees them falling for one another when they’re brought together after years apart. British born Miles Carlisle is a member of America’s number one boy band Seconds to Juliet. Alongside his four other bandmates, Miles’s life is an endless string of tours, music and paparazzi. Caught up in the public eye, Miles wishes someone would see past his public persona but the last thing he expected was that that person would be a girl he knew as a kid and left long ago. 

Aimee Bingham is a normal teenage girl who had her heart broken when her brother’s best friend Miles left and landed an international music career, taking him far away from her, the girl who secretly loved him for years. Though two years have passed, Aimee is afraid of rekindling her crush, and facing the same heartbreak when she finds herself accompanying her brother on Seconds to Juliet’s latest tour over the summer. Both teens are in for a surprise as Aimee discovers Miles is still the wonderful guy she fell for all those years ago and Miles quickly realizes that the young girl who used to follow him around like a puppy is now a beautiful, funny and sassy young woman. With their attraction to each other impossible to deny, Aimee and Miles soon find themselves falling headfirst in love.......

I found Aimee and the Heartthrob to be a really enjoyable read. Ophelia London does everything right in this novel with her characters, atmosphere and chemistry spot on. Aimee is living every teenage girl’s fantasy in Aimee and the Heartthrob and London encompasses this wonderfully. I felt excited and giddy whilst reading this novel and I know I’m already invested in following the other Seconds to Juliet members if possible. 

Aimee and Miles were really great characters. They were normal, down to earth and really easy to follow. I loved seeing the story unfold through both their eyes with Aimee and the Heartthrob told in varying POV’s. Aimee was sweet and sassy and the kind of girl you can’t help but like and Miles was a truly genuine guy; likable but cheeky and perfectly put together and very, very charming.

I really appreciated that Ophelia London gave Miles and Aimee a history in this novel. It gave some real substance to their relationship considering they had known each other since they were children. Aimee knew Miles before he became a household name and saw him still as the boy she idolized as a young girl, even though he was now a young man and very much the superstar he was----less a lot of the drama. The chemistry between Miles and Aimee was wonderful—this novel straddles the line between YA and NA and was sexy and simmering without being too descriptive or heavy. It was the perfect balance and swoon inducing romance. 

Sweet, charming and very, very addictive, Aimee and the Heartthrob left me raring for more and ready to read more from both Ophelia London and about the Seconds to Juliet boys! I highly recommend this if you're a fan of teenage contemporary reads with wonderful romance!

Rating:
Source: Sent for review by Entangled Publishing via Netgalley (Thanks Rachel!)
Format: Kindle ebook
Buy it: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo
My Recommendation: If you love contemporary YA, you won't want to miss this!
Cover: It's cute and fun.
Will I read sequel/continue with series: Yes! Can't wait for more Seconds to Juliet.......

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday #89

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 Huntress of Thornbeck Forest by Melanie Dickerson
Releases on: May 12th 2015
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"Swan Lake" meets Robin Hood when the beautiful daughter of a wealthy merchant by day becomes the region's most notorious poacher by night, and falls in love with the forester.

Jorgen is the forester for the wealthy margrave, and must find and capture the poacher who has been killing and stealing the margrave's game. When he meets the lovely and refined Odette at the festival and shares a connection during a dance, he has no idea she is the one who has been poaching the margrave's game.

Odette justifies her crime of poaching because she thinks the game is going to feed the poor, who are all but starving, both in the city and just outside its walls. But will the discovery of a local poaching ring reveal a terrible secret? Has the meat she thought she was providing for the poor actually been sold on the black market, profiting no one except the ring of black market sellers?

The one person Odette knows can help her could also find out her own secret and turn her over to the margrave, but she has no choice. Jorgen and Odette will band together to stop the dangerous poaching ring . . . and fall in love. But what will the margrave do when he discovers his forester is protecting a notorious poacher?
 
Thoughts:
This book sounds quite different than anything else I've read but the idea of a Swan Lake and Robin Hood blend has me very intrigued and willing to give this novel a good. Plus I'm a sucker for a good romance and this sounds promising!
What do you of The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest? Does it sound like something you'd read?
And what are you waiting on this week?

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Book Shelf: Grim by Christine Johnson and Various Authors

Inspired by classic fairy tales, but with a dark and sinister twist, Grim contains short stories from some of the best voices in young adult literature today:

Ellen Hopkins
Amanda Hocking
Julie Kagawa
Claudia Gray
Rachel Hawkins
Kimberly Derting
Myra McEntire
Malinda Lo
Sarah Rees-Brennan
Jackson Pearce
Christine Johnson
Jeri Smith Ready
Shaun David Hutchinson
Saundra Mitchell
Sonia Gensler
Tessa Gratton
Jon Skrovon

 
More info on Goodreads......


Review:

Edited by Christine Johnson, Grim is a collection of short stories by some of the biggest names in today’s Young Adult genre and sees some of our favorite authors give a unique twist on some of the most classic of fairytales in their own retellings.

By nature, I’m not the biggest fans of short stories. Usually by the time I feel truly invested in the story it’s naturally coming to its ends and I normally feel writers rush in their haste to compact so much information into such a short story. Grim however I did enjoy, and I certainly appreciated some of the different retellings.

It was interesting seeing such a vast array of writing styles come together in one book and it really highlighted how very different all these authors are. Not that that’s a bad thing! Different tones and different styles made for different tales; some were more traditional while others really twisted things up.

Personally I found the stories by Rachel Hawkins, Shaun David Hutchinson and Claudia Gray to be the highlights for me in the overall book, although I think each author did a good job.

A great way to discover new authors while reading more from those you already love, Grim is definitely worth a read!

Rating:
Source: Sent for review by HarlequinTEEN Australia (Thank you guys!)
Format: Paperback
Buy it: Bookworld | The Nile | The Book Depository | Amazon
My Recommendation: If you're a fan of fairytales or want to read something by any of these authors, this is worth a read.
Cover: It doesn't really do anything for the novel if you ask me.
Will I read sequel/continue with series: This is a stand alone, but I'll read more by many of these authors......

Monday, April 13, 2015

Owl Post #58


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 :) I got two fab books last week I'm excited to share with you.....
 
 For Review:
From Bloomsbury Australia:
- A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
I read adore Sarah J. Maas's Throne of Glass series and I'm so excited to read her twist on the Beauty and the Beast classic! I can only imagine how good this is!!!
 
......Thanks Sonia!
 
I Bought:
 
- Deep by Kylie Scott
I LOVE the Stage Dive series! Although I'd a tad slow posting reviews I've loved each book and was so thrilled when this finally arrived. I've already devoured it and can't wait for the spin-off series!
 
And that's me :)
What did you get this week?