Shatter Me – Tahereh Mafi – Review

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Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.

The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong colour.

The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war – and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now.

Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.

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X-Men Vibes, A Spectacular Plot, Incredibly Immersive & Addictive Page Turner.

My Thoughts

When I started reading Shatter Me I unwittingly thought it was a standalone! I didn’t want to start a new series but it seems I’ve got myself into a whole sticky uncontrollable mess, because this book is a gem!

Now at the start of the book the author explains that the crazy writing to begin with is Juliette’s mind going a bit haywire and NOT grammatical mistakes. I thought this was really interesting and quite clever. It gave me an insight into how Juliette was coping inside herself and opened up her emotional state which I really appreciated. I really got a feel for Juliette’s character this way and had a grasp on her story.

One of the things that drew me to the book was the phrase ‘a touch from her can kill’. Plots like this always intrigue me and instantly pull me into the story. I needed to find out why, why is one touch all it takes, how is it possible, WHAT IS THIS SORCERY?! The book doesn’t give you the answer right away and I just loved the mystery! I was so incredibly immersed in the story that I read 75% in just a few short hours. The time flew by and I was really sad to head off to bed! This is a real page turner.

I have to say I wasn’t too keen on the romance in this one. I am a full on lover of romance and really wanted to like it and fall in love myself, but this one was very instantaneous and a bit confusing to be honest. I felt betrayed by the guys initial actions and didn’t really know if I could trust him and why Juliette did? My feelings are very upended about him and I’m still unsure now. I know people like a bit of mystery but not for me, I’m a ‘I know you’re the good guy lover boy’ kinda gal.

There’s one thing I’m sure of and that is that Warner is a complete A-hole. I didn’t like him, didn’t like his weird agenda or his creepy affections for Juliette. Now it may be that there’s a twist with him, I don’t know, but either way he’s already been a creep so I don’t really care if he turns it around or not, I have no love for him. He’s a perfect baddy though.

A lovable character of mine was Kenji. He’s your typical lad on the surface, all banter and boisterous, but I think there’s something deeper there and I’d like it to be explored in the sequels.

I really enjoyed how the plot played out and ended up with a lot of my questions partially answered by the finale, which in my opinion was a spectacular cliffhanger and has me wanting more. I got definite X-Men vibes from this book and I absolutely loved it!

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*I’d like to thank Netgalley and Egmont Publishing for sending the book my way in return for an honest review*

I’m aware that the Shatter Me series is a few years old now, but there have never been UK editions. The global publication date for the final book Restore Me will be 6th March 2018 and Egmont will publish UK editions of Restore Me and the rest of the Shatter Me series simultaneously here in the UK. I really look forward to these editions and adding them to my already over stuffed shelves.

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When It All Goes Still – Allison Mullinax – Cover Reveal

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Hey guys! Another cover reveal you ask, so soon? YES because I love them and I love working with Fiery Seas Publishing to bring you awesome book covers!

I first featured Allison on my blog last year when I revealed the cover for her novel Break The Line, which was actually my first ever cover reveal! Break The Line will be featured on my blog again very soon, so keep an eye out for that!

Allison’s newest novel, When It All Goes Still, is for fans of time travel romance. Take a look at the synopsis.

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Traveler is arrogant, rebellious, and the most skillful Observation Agent within the division. His refusal to follow the agency rules finally catches up to him and a girl witnesses him time-travel.

Johanna Martin is a witty adventurous runner recovering from the tragic loss of her parents. Confused by the dark-faced stranger and what he was doing at the local state park, she is unable to ignore the effects it has had on her.

With his life and reputation at risk, Traveler must choose…Johanna or his life?

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About The Author

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North Alabama native, Allison Mullinax, grew up in the small lake town of Guntersville, AL. She discovered the escapism and addiction of writing at an early age. Today she remains a lover of reading, all things outdoors, and spending time with her husband and three daughters.

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I think this cover is very fitting for the book, it really tells the story! I love the clock and the stars, really beautiful.

The book is due to be released on May 15th 2018 by Fiery Seas Publishing.

Hope you enjoyed, until next time❣

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The Renaissance Club – Rachel Dacus – Spotlight

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Hey guys!

I’ve teamed up with one of my favourite companies again Fiery Seas Publishing, to bring you this spotlight post. Now I was supposed to review the book for the blog tour, but other things came up and life happened, so I thought I’d shout about it instead!

The Renaissance Club is a Romance novel, for fans of time travel fiction, art and history with a magical twist. It’s a gorgeous story about a woman torn between her usual life and the chance of a lifetime with her soul mate.

Here’s the synopsis and some awesome praise for this wonderful book.

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May Gold, college adjunct, often dreams about the subject of her master’s thesis – Gianlorenzo Bernini. In her fantasies she’s in his arms, the wildly adored partner of the man who invented the Baroque.

But in reality, May has just landed in Rome with her teaching colleagues and older boyfriend who is paying her way. She yearns to unleash her passion and creative spirit, and when the floor under the gilded dome of St Peter’s basilica rocks under her feet, she gets her chance. Walking through the veil that appears, she finds herself in the year 1624, staring straight into Bernini’s eyes. Their immediate and powerful attraction grows throughout May’s tour of Italy. And as she continues to meet her ethereal partner, even for brief snatches of time, her creativity and confidence blossom. All the doorways to happiness seem blocked for May-all except the shimmering doorway to Bernini’s world.

May has to choose: stay in her safe but stagnant existence, or take a risk. Will May’s adventure in time ruin her life or lead to a magical new one?

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Enchanting, rich and romantic…a poetic journey through the folds of time. In THE RENAISSANCE CLUB, passion, art, and history come together in this captivating tale of one woman’s quest to discover her true self and the life she’s meant to lead. Rachel Dacus deftly crafts a unique and spellbinding twist to the time-traveling adventure that’s perfect for fans of Susanna Kearsley and Diana Gabaldon. — Kerry Lonsdale, Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author.

The Renaissance Club is a beautifully written story about a woman torn between two worlds—the present and the distant past. This time-travel adventure kept me guessing until the end about which world May would choose, and if that choice would be the right one. Highly recommended for lovers of time travel fiction or anyone looking for a compelling story about a woman trying to find happiness. — Annabelle Costa, Author of The Time Traveler’s Boyfriend.

The Renaissance Club shimmers with beauty, poetry, and art. Author Rachel Dacus sweeps her readers away to Italy with her, lifting the senses with the sights, sounds, and tastes of that stunning country; imparting her deep knowledge of Renaissance and Baroque art while immersing the reader in a gorgeously romantic story. This book is time travel at its best! — Georgina Young-Ellis, author of The Time Mistress Series.

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Rachel Dacus is the daughter of a bipolar rocket engineer who blew up a number of missiles during the race-to-space 1950’s. He was also an accomplished painter. Rachel studied at UC Berkeley and has remained in the San Francisco area. Her most recent book, Gods of Water and Air, combines poetry, prose, and a short play on the afterlife of dogs. Other poetry books are Earth Lessons and Femme au Chapeau.

Her interest in Italy was ignited by a course and tour on the Italian Renaissance. She’s been hooked on Italy ever since. Her essay “Venice and the Passion to Nurture” was anthologized in Italy, A Love Story: Women Write About the Italian Experience. When not writing, she raises funds for nonprofit causes and takes walks with her Silky Terrier. She blogs at Rocket Kid Writing.

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The book was released on January 23rd 2018 by Fiery Seas Publishing.

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The Rising Storm – Ceri A Lowe – Cover Reveal

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Hey guys!

I’m back with another cover reveal! This time I have teamed up with the publishing team from Bookouture. They are a fairly small company that specialise in digital publishing and attention to detail. I was honoured to be contacted by them and brought into their fold!

The Rising Storm by Ceri A Lowe, is the first in a gripping YA Dystopian trilogy. It was first published with the title ‘Paradigm’, so this is a very exciting repackaging and launch! Check out the Synopsis.

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What if the end of the world was just the beginning?

15-year-old Alice Davenport was a loner and an outcast before the Storms swept away everything she knew. Saved from the ravaged remains of London by the mysterious and all-powerful Paradigm Industries, her fierce independence and unique skills soon gain her recognition from the highest levels of command. But their plans to rebuild civilisation from scratch mean destroying all remnants of the past – no matter what, or who, gets left behind.

Alice must decide if she will fight for the old world, or the new…

Decades later, 15-year-old Carter Warren is woken from the Catacombs after years of cryonic sleep. He’s determined to do whatever it takes to climb the ranks to Controller General – until he realises the Industry’s control methods have become harsher than ever. The Barricades make sure nothing from the Deadlands can get in to the Community – and no one can get out. And a shocking discovery about his own family causes Carter to question everything he’s ever known…

As Alice becomes entangled in the Industry’s plan for the future, and Carter delves into the secrets of his past, they must make sacrifices which threaten to tear them apart. And both of them are forced to confront an impossible question…

Would you dare to risk it all for the perfect world?

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When Ceri isn’t writing, she’s a self-employed project management consultant specialising in financial services. She lives in Bristol, England and has various obsessions including all things Spanish, renovating houses, travelling and her dog, Pablo.

In the last few years she’s won the Exeter Short Story Award, Global Short Stories annual prize, the Flash 500 Award, the Story Star Publishing Prize and the Writers’ Forum Short Story competition.

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In my opinion this cover is stunning. I love the purple lighting so much and the illustration of the girl has been well executed. This would definitely catch my eye!

The book is set to be released April 4th 2018 by Bookouture.

You can pre-order the book HERE.

Book bloggers rejoice! It’s available to request on Netgalley now!!

I hope you enjoyed, until next time ❣

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The Selection, The Elite, The One – Kiera Cass – Trio Review

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For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself—and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

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Romance, Heart Break, Secrets, Ball Gowns, And One Gorgeous Prince Charming.

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I had never heard of The Selection series until December last year, when my good friend Cassie started reading them. She raved about them and that coming from Cassie is something spectacular! So I decided to check the first one, The Selection, out and see for myself ..and then I bought the second and then the third and completely fell in love! I decided to review these as a whole because they’re quite similar and I thought it would be easier to sum up my thoughts of America’s story in one.

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The beginning of the book gave us lot’s of back story and intel into America’s way of life as a five. Now I was slightly confused with the numbers at first, there was a five here and six there and I found myself saying what?! But it was quickly explained that people were placed into castes, groups if you will, of the lowest being an eight and the best being a one. Each caste has a specific trade, be it artists or labourers or servants. America’s family were all varies artists, painters, musicians etc. I really loathed the castes and felt a lot of sympathy for the lower castes. Each woman can only marry an equal caste or above and America was in love with Aspen, a six, ooooh that’s not good I thought!

I knew straight away that there would be a love triangle and you KNOW I hate them, but I stuck with it because I was enjoying it so much. I got sucked into the story straight away and didn’t come up for air until I was half way through. There was a similar effect with all of the books, with the exception of reading The One in one sitting! IT.WAS.SO.GOOD!!

I admired all of the detail that was included, like the fitting of the dresses and the way they flowed, it was magical and had me wishing for my own Cinderella ball gown.

The reality side to it was really interesting and caught me off guard. The story setting seemed very oldy worldy, but entwined with modern day technology. The Selection was recorded by a camera crew and they had phones and computers. It was really quite a strange mix but it worked so well. I loved the old chivalry and the new language mingled together. It was really fun to read.

I was genuinely crying at one point, you will know it when you read it. I didn’t expect this event to happen and it broke my heart!

America was very laid back to begin with. She didn’t want to compete and was only in The Selection for her family. But that changed by the end and another twist thrown in blew me away.

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The second book was by far the best for me. The emotions were running wild and America was up and down constantly! She didn’t know her own feelings from her own head. It was a roller coaster ride for sure and that made it all the better!

The love triangle really heated up in this one, which normally I’m not a fan of AT ALL, but I can see why the story needed it and it added a lot of emotion and depth to the overall story.

America did however p#ss me off a lot. She really COULD. NOT. DECIDE. what she wanted and I screamed at her many times in my head.

Prince Maxon is truly a prince charming and I want one of those RIGHT NOW!! What a sweetheart seriously. There was a part when I wanted to cry for him and hold him like a precious child. We most definitely discovered some dark places in Maxon’s heart and I wish I could piece it all together for him!

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The One really sealed the deal for me. The final girls were all fighting for Maxon’s affections, but some for very different reasons.

I really enjoyed how the friendships blossomed in this one. We learnt that some people weren’t all they seemed and I had a lot of sympathy and a lot of love for certain characters by the end.

America really grew up in this book and finally knew what she wanted and what she was truly fighting for. If I were her I probably (definitely) would have ripped out some hair and ruined some faces, but this is America’s story and she was as classy and as kind as ever. Her passion for other people and her true affections really shone through and I ended up really loving the girl.

The finale was completely unexpected for sure! That’s all I’m saying.

These books aren’t to be taken too seriously. They are definite fluff reads and I really enjoyed them. They weren’t amazing in ways that other books are, they didn’t make you think or teach you anything, but they didn’t have to. Sometimes we read just to read and enjoy a story and The Selection series definitely did that for me.

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I hope you enjoyed my triple review for The Selection series. If you are a fan of fluff Romance’s and Prince’s then definitely pick this series up. But there will be heartbreak, I can guarantee it.

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Monthly Wrap Up – January 2018

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Hey guys! I hope you all had a fantastic first month of the year! January has flown by.

This year I wanted to start posting a few new topics, Monthly Wrap Ups being one of them. I really like the idea of looking back over the month and seeing what awesome (or awful) books I managed to read.

My goal is to read more this year and hopefully move on from my MANY reading slumps. I got through nine books in January! So it seems to be working – fingers crossed!


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Dragon Fever by Elsa Jade.

  • E-book (guilty pleasure)
  • ★★★★☆

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The Selection by Kiera Cass

  • Paperback
  • ★★★★★

The Elite

The Elite by Kiera Cass

  • Paperback
  • ★★★★★

 

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This Boy Is A Rainbow by Sam Payne

  • E-arc copy from author
  • ★★★★★
  • Review

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Angel Of Shadow by D.H Nevins

  • E-arc copy from author
  • ★★★★★
  • Review

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Claiming Her Alien Warrior by Mina Carter

  • E-book (guilty pleasure)
  • ★★★☆☆

The One

The One by Kiera Cass

  • Paperback
  • ★★★★★

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The Confession by Jo Spain

  • Paperback arc from publisher
  • ★★★★★
  • Review

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Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

  • Paperback (trade/buy from Megs)
  • ★★★★★

There we go, my January wrap up! I’m really proud of my nine books this month. How many did you manage?

Until next time ❣

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