Sunday, 29 September 2013

Reviews

Not done many reviews lately since my laptop messed up for a while and I've been busy with the KC Cruch Tournament not to mention it is September which happens to be the busiest time of the year for my family and friends when it comes to birthdays but I am back now and will have reviews up soon. I will also be hosting some great Giveaways very soon so check in for them.

Saturday, 28 September 2013

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater: Book Review

The Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle, #2)Genre: YA Paranormal Fantasy
Publication Date: September 17th 2013
Series: The Raven Cycle #2 (Book 1)
Rating: 5/5 stars
Source: Bought
The second installment in the all-new series from the masterful, #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater!
Now that the ley lines around Cabeswater have been woken, nothing for Ronan, Gansey, Blue, and Adam will be the same. Ronan, for one, is falling more and more deeply into his dreams, and his dreams are intruding more and more into waking life. Meanwhile, some very sinister people are looking for some of the same pieces of the Cabeswater puzzle that Gansey is after... (via goodreads)


My Thoughts: After reading the Prologue (only 3 pages long), I was hooked. If you haven’t read this series yet, what are you waiting for? Even though I didn’t enjoy Maggie Stiefvater’s Shiver series, this series is totally amazing. The Raven Boys was considered “Gansey’s” book and so when I heard that the Dream Thieves was Ronan’s book (he will forever be my favourite character), I couldn’t wait to read this book.

The characters in this book will continue to amaze me. Ronan is still the troubled misunderstood guy we all know and love but in this book, we get to learn more about his past and the secrets that occupy his handsome bald head. In the Raven Boys, readers all feel really bad for Adam (the poor friend in a gang of rich guys) but in this book, I started to hate him. I know that he’s always wanted to leave Henrietta and become rich but this book, the only words that describe him are “money-hungry”. Adam’s character development really disappointed even though he does slightly redeem himself near the end of the book. Noah was barely even in this book (as you can see, he’s not even in the synopsis) and that made me really disappointed.I swear the only time Noah appeared in this book was to piss me off. I don’t want to give any spoilers but seriously him and Blue do not work as friends. The bromance between Noah and Ronan seemed like it had so much potential! Gansey was still as put-together and cute as ever (nothing else about him really changed). Blue was still a nice character but I did feel like punching her in the face at one point. We are also introduced to some new characters in this book. Kavisnky is a very bad and evil character but it was really interesting to read about him. The Gray Man, a hit man and potential love interest of Blue’s mother, was just amazing. I always hate the introduction of new characters but this character was just amazing.

The romance in this book was just amazing. The Blue and Gansey relation ship can only be described using this gif:
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Their relationship sort of kinda blooms but they never even talk about it so it kinda frustrates me. Other than that, the romance was SO cute! I just want to hug Gansey and Blue and tell them to kiss already (even if it means Gansey’s death…)

The actual plot and Glendower stuff really developed in this book and it was so interesting to read about. My favourites part of the book would have to be the epilogue and prologues! The ending totally left me hanging and I can’t wait to read the next book. Overall, this book does not have “second book syndrome” but I did get very annoyed at the main characters at certain points in the book. The wait for the next book will be horrible but hopefully, totally worth it. If you haven’t read this series, what are you waiting for?

Monday, 9 September 2013

Cover Reveal: Come And Get Me (The Keatyn Chronicles #6) by Jillian Dodd



It's finally time to reveal the cover of
Come And Get Me (Keatyn Chronicles #6) 
by 
Jillian Dodd















Blurb - to be released at a later date due to spoilers
Release Date: August 31st 2014.
Book Six in The Keatyn Chronicles
Cover Created by:  Okay Creations





The Keatyn Chronicles


Purchase/Goodreads Links in Series Order


Stalk Me FREE
Amazon FREE: http://amzn.to/VQrvfw
B&N -  ($0.99): http://tinyurl.com/old9wwl


Kiss Me


Date Me


Love Me



Adore Me (4.5) PREORDER


Hate Me (SOON TO BE AVAILABLE FOR PREORDER)


Come and Get Me (SOON TO BE RELEASED FOR PREORDER)




About the Author

Hey everyone!! I'm Jillian Dodd, author of the That Boy series. That Boy and That Wedding. I'm working on a new series called The Keatyn Chronicles as well as plotting out That Baby. I
love to read, love hanging out at goodreads, and love to talk to y'all!!
I was lucky enough to find my own prince in college. We have two wonderful teenaged children, a Maltese named Sugar Bear and a new Lab puppy named Camber Lacey.
I have an active blog, which my daughter, Kenzie, helps me with. We'd love to have you visit us there. I am a big believer in giving back, so I donate a portion of my book sales to charity!!

Saturday, 7 September 2013

The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schnieder: Book Review

The Beginning of EverythingGenre: YA Contemporary (Romance)
Release Date: August 27th, 2013
Rating: 3.5/5 stars
Source: Bought
Golden boy Ezra Faulkner believes everyone has a tragedy waiting for them—a single encounter after which everything that really matters will happen. His particular tragedy waited until he was primed to lose it all: in one spectacular night, a reckless driver shatters Ezra’s knee, his athletic career, and his social life.

No longer a front-runner for Homecoming King, Ezra finds himself at the table of misfits, where he encounters new girl Cassidy Thorpe. Cassidy is unlike anyone Ezra’s ever met, achingly effortless, fiercely intelligent, and determined to bring Ezra along on her endless adventures.
But as Ezra dives into his new studies, new friendships, and new love, he learns that some people, like books, are easy to misread. And now he must consider: if one’s singular tragedy has already hit and everything after it has mattered quite a bit, what happens when more misfortune strikes?

Robyn Schneider’s The Beginning of Everything is a lyrical, witty, and heart-wrenching novel about how difficult it is to play the part that people expect, and how new beginnings can stem from abrupt and tragic endings.
My Thoughts: Lately I've been on what I can only call a ‘contemporary craze’. The Beginning of Everything is part of that list. I heard about this book long before it came out and it seemed interesting. I’m not one for romance so if I was interested in it, it must have meant that this book was a keeper. After reading this book, I am left thinking that I should have waited for it to appear at my local library. This book is worth a read but I’m not sure it was worth buying days after its release.

I think the main reason this book did not receive four-five stars is because of one main character. The synopsis of this book provided readers with a glimpse at the main character and a love interest. I really liked the protagonist, Ezra. We see him go through a personality change in which he becomes a much better and interesting person. Ezra was not the perfect guy we often see in young adult novels, which is both nice and refreshing. However, the love interest was not very appealing. Cassidy, a seemingly intelligent and unique person, turns out to be a complete let down. Unlike Ezra, Cassidy went through a personality change in which she became an even worse person. Don’t get me wrong, I liked Cassidy at the beginning. She seemed nice and actually believable but it’s hard to concentrate on that when you get to the ending of the book.

Some of the reasons that kept me from bumping up this review to four stars were the big plot twists. I found the plot twists to be completely predictable and I saw them coming. Prior to the plot twist, the characters were acting like it was a big mystery when all along, it was right in front of their eyes. I won’t go in to detail because I don’t want to reveal any major spoilers. I will say this however, contrary to the synopsis statements, my heart was never wrenched.

Despite a somewhat failed plot twist and an unappealing love interest, The Beginning of Everything still has some very redeemable qualities. As mentioned before, the main character was absolutely phenomenal. I loved reading this book in Ezra’s point of view. I also really enjoyed the writing style and I loved all the minor characters except the ones I’m supposed to hate, of course. The romance elements of this book were OK. I think they would have been swoon-worthy if the love interest, Cassidy, didn't make me want to punch her in the face. I really liked the ending. It was a nice ending and it wasn't very happy, which actually made it seem more realistic.


Overall, I think this book is a definite read for people who want to learn more about life-changing moments and for people who don’t mind some annoying characters. Every one has a different opinion when it comes to books so I think that many people will love Cassidy, unlike me, so give this book a try if you believe in second chances.

The Keatyn Chronicles Crush Tournament TEAM CAMDEN!

So as you all know I love The Keatyn Chronicles by Jillian Dodd and on the KC group on facebook there is a Crush tournament going on where the grand prize is an ARC of Adore Me (book 4.5). we have all been split into teams and our first challenge goes up today. Team Camden (my team) has worked really hard creating this fun video and we would love if it could be shared on Twitter and Facebook by as many people as possible so I am asking for your help in sharing the video.

Everytime it is shared we need the # to be #KCCrush and  #KeepCamPartyOn and we would love if you could tag @JillianDodd and @KeatynChronicle on Twitter.
also if you see a post for Team Cam we would love if you re-tweeted or shared that post.

the video is   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zUcezAKPfbs