Sunday, 21 February 2021

Love in Motion by Angela K Parker



The thing about love…

It’s kind & beautiful, soft & hard, forgiving & emotional, but love can also be blind. Love can twist and turn you into someone unrecognizable.

That’s the way it was for Josie and me. She became my everything. I fell heart over mind, allowing her to take the only thing that I could call my own. The life I envisioned for us was blurred by secrets, hard to overcome. She made me question whether what we had was based on truth or a lie.


Dalton was an obstacle in the way of what I’d always shied away from, and the only way to reach my end was through him. So, I made a choice to get close to him, even when I shouldn’t have. We were never meant to be what we became. I didn’t intend for something forced to turn into something real. In the end, Dalton was so much more than just a means to an end. He held the key to everything, including my heart. It was his to have, to hold, to break, and to mend.

That’s the thing about love…
It can’t be forced. It just happens, and once it’s in motion, it’s impossible to stop

I usually really love a good rockstar romance. 

I liked that the relationship between Josie and Dalton started off as a fake relationship but I really wasnt into the insta love. The fake relationship part of the story was the most interesting part but even then the characters we far too friendly too quickly. I thought that there would be more details about the band and Dalton but in fact there was hardly anything about the band. 

I found the relationship between Rose and Luke more interesting than the relationship between Dalton and Josie and they were only mentioned for a few lines. 

I really like the concept but this book was a miss for me. 


Thursday, 4 February 2021

The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski


As a general’s daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, seventeen-year-old Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. But Kestrel has other intentions.

One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in a young slave up for auction. Arin’s eyes seem to defy everything and everyone. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys him—with unexpected consequences. It’s not long before she has to hide her growing love for Arin.

But he, too, has a secret, and Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for a fellow human is much higher than she ever could have imagined.

Set in a richly imagined new world, The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski is a story of deadly games where everything is at stake, and the gamble is whether you will keep your head or lose your heart. 

Ok so I know we shouldnt judge a book by its cover but something about this cover has kept this book sat on my shelf for months but I really was missing out. Marie Rutkoski clearly knows how to write a book that keeps the reader engrossed. 

I liked Kestrel who is the Generals daughter destined to either join the army or get married. There was a lot more to Kestrel than we first were told and I like that this information was given to us slowly and when it made sense to the story. I enjoyed that Kestrel wasn't like a lot of YA heroines we read about who are needy and complain all the time, she can hold her own. The same goes for Arin who is a little bit of a mystery at the beginning of the book and I still feel like we dont know everything at the end. 

I really wish we had spent some more time with Ronan and Jess the time we did spend with them was interesting and personally I quite liked the Kestrel and Ronan pairing that was hinted at until Kestrel met Arin.

I like that the story allowed Kestrel to be both the dress wearing princess type and also train and have the ability to fight it means that Kestrel is strong and confident without needing anyone there to protect her. 

I wasnt 100% convinced with the relationship between Kestrel and Arin in the beginning and tbh I am not sure I am convinced on it now but it was interesting to watch their relationship change as the their environment did. 

I have the second book in the series and I am interested to get into it the end of this book was picking up speed so hopefully the next book doesn't disappoint 

Thanks For Reading 


To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo


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?

I picked this book up because it has been a really long time since I read a mermaid book and this one had rumours of being a Little Mermaid retelling so I really wanted to give it a read. This book was way darker than I expected and it made me like it even more. 

Lira is also known as The Princes' Bane because she steals the hearts of princes as the sail across the sea and when I say steal I mean she pulls them from their chests. She is a nice heroine at all. 

Elian is a Prince but more importantly he is a Pirate. Elain's favourite hobby is hunting Sirens. See the problem yet??

Between the Lira and Elian there is a lot of Banter and Sarcasm that is refreshing in the world of YA. I enjoyed the slow burn of the relationship between the two but also between Lira and the rest of the crew. It helped to make the characters more realistic and I am not a fan of the Insta love romances that a lot of YA books favour. 

I would have loved to read more about the Mermaids, Mermen and Sirens because their story was dark and scary and honestly the most interesting part about the story. Its always interesting when a story provides a new take on something that you thought you knew. 

I think that this book could have benefited from a map of the world especially as we visit so many different kingdoms it was a little tricky to keep up with where we were in comparison to everything else. 

I wasnt a huge fan of the way the book ended it didnt feel like it could of happened in the way that it did (trying not to spoil anything) but over all I enjoyed the book. It was a fun easy read that I will probably never reread but I am glad I started of my year with. 

Thanks For Reading

Em x

Thursday, 10 December 2020

The Court of Miracles by Kester Grant


In the violent urban jungle of an alternate 1828 Paris, the French Revolution has failed and the city is divided between merciless royalty and nine underworld criminal guilds, known as the Court of Miracles. Eponine (Nina) Thénardier is a talented cat burglar and member of the Thieves Guild. Nina's life is midnight robberies, avoiding her father's fists, and watching over her naïve adopted sister, Cosette (Ettie).

When Ettie attracts the eye of the Tiger--the ruthless lord of the Guild of Flesh--Nina is caught in a desperate race to keep the younger girl safe. Her vow takes her from the city's dark underbelly to the glittering court of Louis XVII. And it also forces Nina to make a terrible choice--protect Ettie and set off a brutal war between the guilds, or forever lose her sister to the Tiger.

I am a big fan of Les Miserables so I was super excited to get into this book. I am not sure if this helped or hindered me though to be honest. The names were a little confusing in some points but the further I got into the book the less it mattered to me. I do think this story would have been easier to follow if the characters had their own names. 
The story didnt really have anything to do with Les Miserable except for one mention at the barricades and even then the story was changed but the book isnt exactly a retelling.

I loved the world building and felt like I could easily envision the places that the story was describing. I like that there were different aspects of the story to show the different social classes ad the guilds were super interesting. 

I feel like this book read in three parts for me, I am not sure if that was the intention. I loved the first and the third parts and I was a little lost during the middle parts. I am not sure how all of these people all of a sudden owe Nina so much that they would die for her and go against their laws and guilds.

I would have loved to read more about the relationships between different characters and their back stories. Montparnasse as an example. 

I know I have pointed out a bunch of things that are not great but I actually did enjoy the book. I think that it had a really interesting stories and there were points of the book that I hadnt read anything like that before I would like to see how the second book goes and see if any of the relationships develop. 

I would like to thank NetGalley for giving me this book in exchange for an honest review

Thanks For Reading 
Em x

Tuesday, 27 October 2020

All You Hold On To (Anderson Creek # 1) by K.T. Egan


Aspiring author Roxanne Wortham lives a comfortable life in Las Vegas. She spends her days at her nine-to-five job and comes home to her boyfriend, Ethan, and an unfinished novel that she can’t seem to crack. Her life is simple— that is, until she gets a phone call saying that her childhood best friend and ex-boyfriend, Maverick Sterling, has been in a near-fatal car crash.

As Roxanne discovers that she still has power of attorney over his affairs, she places her life on hold and rushes to Maverick’s side in Scranton, Pennsylvania. While helping him to recover, memories of childhood and old relationships resurface, making it difficult for Roxanne to balance her new life with her old one. Roxanne is left to sort through complicated feelings from her past alongside the realization that Maverick may still have feelings for her— and even worse, she may still have feelings for him, too.

This story follows a group of childhood friends into adulthood, Focusing on Roxanne and Maverick and their love story. Roxanne and Maverick were totally in love with each other until they broke up and Roxanne moved to vegas and got a new boyfriend. 

The story was a cute easy read without too many twists and turns, this allowed me to really get into their world and explore the friendships between the group. I would have loved to learn a little more about the characters and although I was invested in the relationship between Roxanne and Maverick I don't feel like I really got to know them that well. 
The supporting characters were not really developed into individual people that could exist without the main characters so maybe the next books will focus on somebody else. 

I liked the style of writing in this book and did find it pretty easy to read. I really like the cosy vibes of the cover too. I dont think I will be rushing to pick up the next book in the series but it definitely has potential. 

I would like to thank NetGalley for providing this book in exchange of an honest review. 

Thanks For Reading

Em x

Friday, 23 October 2020

The Song Rising (The Bone Season #3) by Samantha Shannon

This is the third book in The Bone Season series and you all know that I was a massive fan of the first two books. I want to try and review this book without giving too much away but if you havent read the first two books in this series maybe give this review a miss. 

The first thing I want to mention is the covers in this series have changed and that is really annoying. Like a lot of readers, I like it when books match on my bookshelf but never mind I suppose.  

Book three picks up where book 2 left off which is nice especially as it was fairly recently that I read book 2. I struggled quite a lot to get into the third book and I think it was a a lot slower than I wanted it to be. 

Paige and her gang travel around the UK more in this book and it was fun to read about the different places and how they slot into place within the world. 

This book wasnt my favourite in the series but I am still really enjoying the series and I am excited to see where the next book takes us. 

Thanks For Reading 

Em x

Thursday, 8 October 2020

For Holly by Tanya Byrne

Lola Durand hates her stepmother. It's a cliché but it's true.
Lola Durand can't get through to her father. He never wants to talk about the things that matter: why they had to move to Paris, why he had to marry evil Agatha, and how they can get through the heartache of her mother's death together.
If he won't listen, she'll show him. She'll show him the truth about his new wife and then her life can go back to normal, just the way she likes it.
Lola Durand knows a secret about her stepmother. She's going to share it.

For Holly wasn't the top of my list to pick up because I don't really find the cover very appealing but this is one of those don't judge a book by its cover moments. 
Lola is a really interesting young lady, she has recently lost her mother in a terrible accident and her whole world was turned upside down. Lolas dad married Agatha who lives in Paris and that is where Lola finds herself living. Lola hates everything about living in Paris or at least she things that she does. 
This story follows Lola in a complicated journey of revenge and growth. 

The characters in this story are so diverse, I really enjoyed meeting all of them well except for Agatha. 

I am not normally interested in mystery books but this one was fast paced and kept me really interested. The book is written in the style of a diary which definitely helped with the pacing. The book covers Lolas grief and a couple of tragedies. 

Growing up my family used to take many trips to France so the snippets of french conversation was a welcome treat and for the bits that I was unable to understand Lola cleared up in English for us.    

I really enjoyed this story and I would recommend it for an interesting quick read. 

Thanks For Reading 

Em x