Thursday, 30 April 2015

Stay with Me/ More of Me

Written by: Samantha Chase
Series: The Montgomery Brothers (Book 3/Book 3.5)
Published by: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Edition: Kindle
Pages: 352
Purchase from: Amazon  |  Book Depository


Stay with Me 
Mackenzie Montgomery is floored when he reluctantly agrees to help out an old childhood friend and finds she's grown into a gorgeous woman...

More of Me 
When Ryder Montgomery shows up on her doorstep ten years after breaking her heart, Casey can't decide which burns hotter - her desire to be with him or the pain he left her with... 


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Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Spotlight Blitz Tour: The Summer After You and Me by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski

Time for a little Spotlight Blitz Tour

This time it's for the gorgeously sweet The Summer After You and Me, written by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski. I was lucky enough to review this book for the publishers (which you can read here) and I cannot begin to describe how perfect this book is for a summer read. It was just the right amount of light and fluffy with the added measure of drama to keep you entertained.

Seeing as this is a Spotlight tour, what better way to celebrate than a small extract and cheeky giveaway. But first here's the gorgeous cover and a little bit of information about the book.

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The Summer After You and Me

Written by: Jennifer Salvato Doktorski
Published by: Sourcebooks fire
Format: Kindle
Pages: 320
Purchase from: Amazon  |  Book Depository

Will it be a summer of fresh starts or second chances?
For Lucy, the Jersey Shore isn't just the perfect summer escape, it's home. As a local girl, she knows not to get attached to the tourists. They breeze in during Memorial Day weekend, crowding her coastal town and stealing moonlit kisses, only to pack up their beach umbrellas and empty promises on Labor Day. Still, she can't help but crush on charming Connor Malloy. His family spends every summer next door, and she longs for their friendship to turn into something deeper.

Then Superstorm Sandy sweeps up the coast, bringing Lucy and Connor together for a few intense hours. Except nothing is the same in the wake of the storm, and Lucy is left to pick up the pieces of her broken heart and her broken home. Time may heal all wounds, but with Memorial Day approaching and Connor returning, Lucy's summer is sure to be filled with fireworks.

My Rating: 4/5

I cannot begin to tell you how refreshing and easy this book was to read, I breezed right through it and finished it over night because it was so perfectly light. I'm not going to lie the first thing that attracted me to this book was the cover, it drew me in completely, then when I sat back and read the blurb my interest was officially piqued. The Summer After You and Me follows Lucy as she tries her hardest to stop her world crumbling around her after the intense Sandstorm Sandy obliterates everything, including her heart. 
I've dissected and relieved each second we were together so many times that it's like there's a permanent PowerPoint slide show in my brain.
Firstly, I need to get off my chest of how much I loved the main character Lucy. She is genuinely so relateable and developed, that I couldn't help but imagine her perfectly in my head. She is so fierce yet so vulnerable I could connect with her straight away. I loved that about her and Lucy is one of main reasons why I got sucked into the story, I just needed to find out if she would find her happily ever after. 
However, if I a being completely honest the characters were not the most significant aspect to the story. The thing that stood out most for me with this book was the writing style. It is just so light and beautiful and I honestly felt that it reflected the story in that way. It was so clear and desctiptive and so emotionally wrought that it created a mini movie in my mind, one that I could not stop watching.
"I just knew. Like knowing a wave is perfect before it's fully formed. You feel it on some other level. You just know."
Overall, there were times when I got really fustrated within this book, mainly with Lucy's twin Liam, but that is a sign as too how much I loved it. No matter how frustrated and impatient I got I could not stop reading, I had to forgo sleep just so I could read that little bit more. It was tiring but extremely worth sticking with it. Unlike most YA contemporaries, the relationship wasn't even the forefront of  the story. Instead it was Lucy and her overcoming her personal worries before everything else which I just loved because it was a little twist on a kinda played out story.

The Summer After You and Me
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Monday, 27 April 2015

Zali Luna: Movie Star

Written by: Emma Jamvold
Published by: Emma Jamvold
Edition: Kindle
Pages: 161
Purchase from: Amazon

Sixteen-year-old school girl Zali Luna has just been cast in her first Very Big Movie. 
But while going to Sydney and working with her gorgeous, world famous co-star Oliver Lamond is a dream come true, Zali also has a very big problem. She's pretty sure that she's the only sixteen-year-old girl in the world who hasn't been kissed, and soon she's going to have to kiss Oliver on screen. 
Zali's determined to get some kissing practice in before the big day, but there's her malicious rival, child star Emma Small to contend with, and then there's Harry, who may have feelings for Zali that go deeper than just friendship.

My Rating: 2.5/5

Zali Luna: Movie Star is the type of book that immortalizes every 16 year old's fantasy of becoming famous. It details Zali's life in a cute but simplistic way as it delves into the life of a first time actor and her agonizing thought of having her first kiss with her massive crush Oliver Lamond. There were some times when I did enjoy this book and I found it really easy to just fly through but unfortunately I didn't really click with the characters making it hard for me to just fall into.
I'm so excited: I can't wait to start. Zali Luna. Vampyre. I'M GOING TO BE IN A FILM!
To begin with I didn't really relate to Zali, I thought for her age she seemed to be really immature and slightly simple. It just seemed to center around her very first kiss and nothing else and as I found her obsession over kissing somewhat annoying I wasn't able to connect with the main character as much as I would of liked. But it has been a while since I was 16 and a first kiss is a big deal when you are that age so it does hold some weight in retrospect. As well as this, I did find that the naivety and youth of the character was slightly adorable and it was sweet to see her focus on the little things and not panic over the large things, such as the simple times when a first kiss is much more important than your career. 
It will be my first ever kiss. How embarrassing. Forever-immortalised on film, for anyone to see.
Another thing that I just couldn't quite get over was the pacing of the story. It felt a little bit erratic in places. But then the result of this felt as though it was written as a journal. As though Zali Luna was documenting her days in her diary, which I kinda liked. Not to mention I found the story quite predictable, so I felt as though it left little to the imagination and even though I desperately tried to get into the story I just couldn't quite reach it. Although I cannot lie in saying that, it was a really quick and fluffy read that you can just fly through. So even though the pacing didn't sit right with me I definitely didn't have any trouble flipping through the pages at a rapid rate. 
I looked out the back window, the whole of Vampyre getting smaller and smaller, further and further away from me, till we turned a corner and it was all gone, I couldn't see it anymore. 
All in all, Zali Luna has an endearing storyline with an interesting premise that is extremely easy to fly through. But for me the main thing that it needed was a little more character development to make connecting with the characters a lot more smoother. Apart from this Zali Luna is a short and effortless read that focuses on light and fluffy romance that just goes all kind of adorable at the end. 

Zali Luna: Movie Star
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Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Some Kind of Normal

Written by: Juliana Stone
Published by: Sourcebooks Fire
Edition: Kindle
Pages: 304
Purchase from:  Amazon  |  Book Depository

What is Normal?
For Trevor normal was fast guitar licks, catching game-winning passes and partying all night. Until a car accident leaves Trevor with no band, no teammates and no chance of graduating. It's kinda hard to ace your finals when you've been in a coma. The last thing he needs is stuck-up Everly Jenkins as his new tutor those beautiful blue eyes catching every last flaw.

For Everly normal was a perfect family around the dinner table, playing piano at Sunday service and sunning by the pool. Until she discovers her whole life is a lie. Now the perfect pastor's daughter is hiding a life-changing secret, one that is slowly tearing her family apart. And spending the summer with notorious flirt Trevor Lewis means her darkest secret could be exposed.


My Rating: 5/5

Some Kind of Normal takes place in the same world as Juliana's other novel Boys Like You but this time focuses on Trevor and Everly's relationship. I hadn't read the previous book but I could not stop myself from jumping right into this story. It had me intrigued from the beginning but what honestly stuck with me was the fact that I ended up falling completely and totally in love with Juliana Stone's writing and her oh so loveable characters. It's hard not to describe this book as pulling on your heartstrings in some way or another because both Trevor and Everly are dealing with major upheavals in their life. 
If there ever was a little piece of heaven on earth, it was somehow tied up inside Trevor Lewis.
If it isn't the amazing characters and if it isn't the brilliant story it is how well each and every mishap and tragedy is written so beautifully that leaves you wanting more in every single part of their story. Everything within this story is exquisitely thought out and developed so well that it literally left me breathless. 
"I'm more of a Wonder Women kind of guy, but I'm willing to overlook your Disney addiction"
Trevor is dealing with so much pain and confusion over his accident and it is one of the main things that screams from the pages, I could feel everything he was going through because the writing has a way of just reaching out and grabbing you and doesn't release you until they get their happily ever after. But it wasn't just Trevor that you can see the pain from. The storyline is so realistically written that it shows so much insight on how families that have to deal with these kinds of upheavals go through. Which ultimately in the end shows how strong they all are.
And in the meantime? I'm working on me. Working on happy. Working on some kind of normal.
All in all, Some Kind of Normal pulls on your heartstrings from the very beginning and demands that you read more. I for one can not begin to describe how much this book has burrowed into my heart and encouraged me to keep on reading. It was just one thing after another, so beautifully written that it spurs you to believe in somewhat happy endings.

Some Kind of Normal
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Saturday, 11 April 2015

The Duff

Written by: Kody Keplinger
Published by: Hodder's Childrens Books
Edition: Kindle
Pages: 300
Purchase from: Amazon  | Book Depository

Seventeen-year-old Bianca Piper is cynical and loyal, and she doesn’t think she’s the prettiest of her friends by a long shot. She’s also way too smart to fall for the charms of man-slut and slimy school hottie Wesley Rush. In fact, Bianca hates him. And when he nicknames her “the Duff,” she throws her Coke in his face. 

But things aren’t so great at home right now, and Bianca is desperate for a distraction. She ends up kissing Wesley. Worse, she likes it. Eager for escape, Bianca throws herself into a closeted enemies-with-benefits relationship with him.

Until it all goes horribly awry. It turns out Wesley isn’t such a bad listener, and his life is pretty screwed up, too. Suddenly Bianca realizes with absolute horror that she’s falling for the guy she thought she hated more than anyone.

My Rating: 3.5/5

After watching the movie and loving it, I knew I just had to give this book a go to see if I would love it just as much. While, I did get little moments that I couldn't help but get swept away with, I was slightly surprised by how different the book was to it's movie adaptation.  The Duff follows the sarcastic and witty Bianca Piper as she struggles to deal with the stereotypes put upon her by the highly cocky Wesley Rush. I'm not going to lie, I found this book extremely entertaining but there were a lot of moments when I got so frustrated with the characters that I couldn't help but be slightly disappointed with it, considering I loved the movie so much.
Love is rare and hard to find and takes years upon years to develop.
It was just that Wesley was such a jerk in the beginning I honestly wasn't able to find it in myself to like him, at all, so even though his attitude changed towards the end I found it hard to forget how he treated Bianca at the beginning. Thus finding it hard to see why Bianca loved him so much, in fact it made me loose a little respect that I had for her. On the other hand I adored Bianca. She was so strong yet so vulnerable and because of that so easily relate able. Her ideals and morals made me respect her so much and her sarcasm and cynicism was incredibly fun to read. She definitely made this book for me in every way because I couldn't help but feel for struggles. 
No matter where you go or what you do to distract yourself, reality catches up with you eventually.
So it is easy to see why I have a love hate relationship with this book. It was fun and adorable with slightly annoying characters but with a storyline that is very meaningful. I just couldn't quite get over the fact how some characters didn't allow me to like them. It made it fustrating to read that so much trouble was caused from some really petty things. Yet it stood for so much, so I was constantly going back and forth, relishing in moments that shone through and detesting in moments that brought the story into idiotic and foolish problems.
"Don’t lie to yourself because you think it’s safer. Reality doesn't work like that."
On the whole, there were many moments that I really enjoyed this book, and I can't help but shout my love for what Bianca stands for, but there were also many moments were this book just didn't sit right with me. Having said this, The Duff is a book that you can just fly through but has a really defining storyline that will stick with you for many meaningful moments. I would definitely recommend this book, but especially the movie, just because of the compelling issues portrayed within the story in a really fun and energetic way.

The DUFF
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Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Spotlight Tour: Meant for You by Samantha Chase

It's Meant for You Release day!!!

It's that time again when us readers are given another installment into the Montgomery brothers series. So what better way to celebrate it with a cheeky excerpt and brilliant giveaway!
Firstly though lets start with a little bit of info about the series. Samantha Chase's Montgomery brother series follows the love and lives of the The Montgomerys as each and every one of the siblings start to find their soulmate and true love.


Title: Meant for You
Series: The Montgomery Brothers
Written by: Samantha Chase
Release date: 7th April 2015
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published by: Sourcebooks Casablanca


She dares to dream...
Summer Montgomery wants to be taken seriously almost as much as she wants her brother's best friend, Ethan. But with a long resume of seemingly random career choices and a protective brother on watch, those things are nothing more than pipe dreams...
Does he dare to try?
Ethan Reed would like nothing more than to live by his own rules. Not wanting to disappoint his best friend Zach, or any of the Montgomerys, Ethan's had to push his long-denied feelings for Summer aside. But it only takes one night away from watchful eyes to make impossible dreams come true...

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Excerpt
“This trail is a little bit boring, don’t you think?” Summer asked several hours later as they made their way down a marked path.

“I hadn’t really thought of it that way. There’s so much to see—different kinds of birds and plants… The weather is just fantastic—perfect for hiking.” He reached out and took one of Summer’s hands in his. “And the company is perfect.”

“Aw, aren’t you sweet,” she cooed and pulled him close for a kiss and sighed. “It is a beautiful day and everything is really pretty to look at… I was just hoping to see a little something more.”

“More? Like what?”

“Oh, I don’t know. Deer. Bears. A moose. You know, wildlife.”

Beside her, Ethan chuckled. “Summer, trust me when I say that you do not want to have an up-close encounter with any of those animals.”

“I just was expecting something a little more exciting. The only wildlife I have seen is a squirrel. And he wasn’t even doing anything entertaining.”

“What were you expecting? For it to be juggling or something?” he teased.

“No,” she said with a pout. “Maybe. I don’t know.”

Ethan pulled Summer into his embrace and took a moment to enjoy the feel of her in his arms. “What’s going on?” he asked softly.

“I don’t know… I feel like you’re always off doing these really cool, crazy things and that this seems a little tame for you.” She shrugged. “I’m not big on dangerous stuff, but I wanted us to have our own little adventure. Just the two of us.”

“Sweetheart, we’ve been having our own adventures for days,” he said and placed a kiss on the top of her head. “I don’t need an adventure. I just want to spend time with you.”

Summer looked up at him and smiled. “Really?”

He nodded. “Absolutely. I’m thankful that we have this time, without any prying eyes, just to get to know one another.”

“Ethan, we’ve known each other for years,” she said with a chuckle.

He shook his head. “No. The Summer Montgomery I knew was a girl. When you showed up at the office for the first time? I thought I was going to have a heart attack.”

“Really?” she purred and snuggled closer. “Do tell.”

“You’ve blossomed into this amazingly beautiful woman,” he said and kissed her temple. “I mean, you were always beautiful, but when you walked into my office that day, it was like you’d transformed. Gone was the young girl I always pictured when I thought of you and in her place was…” He pulled back and looked into her face. “You.” He sighed. “I look at you sometimes and it’s like I can’t breathe. And even standing here right now with you in my arms I can’t believe it’s real.”

“I feel that way, too,” she said quietly. “I’d had a crush on you for so long and you never noticed me and…”

“Wait, wait, wait… You had a crush on me?”

She rolled her eyes. “Oh come on, Ethan. You can’t tell me you didn’t know!” she said with a laugh. “Everyone knew! Hell, my brothers used to throw things at me to stop me from staring at you!”

Ethan stopped and thought about that for a moment and then started to laugh. “Seriously? That’s what that was about?”

“What?”

“I remember your brothers always throwing stuff at you…popcorn, socks… I think I remember James throwing a basketball at you once and I thought it was odd.”

“They told me I was being a nuisance.”

Shaking his head, Ethan continued to laugh. “Not to me, because clearly I didn’t even notice.”

“Thanks a lot!” she cried and went to pull away, but Ethan pulled her in close.

“Don’t take it like that,” he said and wrapped his arms around her. “I just meant that I never knew. I always thought you were beautiful and sometimes I had to wonder if your brothers ever caught me staring at you.”

“I don’t know. Did they ever throw anything at your face for no reason?” she asked with a smirk.

“Not that I can remember. But it doesn’t matter. All I know is that you’re here now and I’m seeing you, Summer. Really seeing you.”

Her eyes went wide at his words and the sincerity behind them. “What do you see?”

“I see a woman I want to get to know better. A woman who is sexy and intelligent and just…everything.”



About the Author

New York Times and USA Today Bestseller/contemporary romance writer Samantha Chase released her debut novel, Jordan's Return, in November 2011. Although she waited until she was in her 40's to publish for the first time, writing has been a lifelong passion. Her motivation to take that step was her students: teaching creative writing to elementary age students all the way up through high school and encouraging those students to follow their writing dreams gave Samantha the confidence to take that step as well. 


When she's not working on a new story, she spends her time reading contemporary romances, playing way too many games of Scrabble or Solitaire on Facebook and spending time with her husband of 25 years and their two sons in North Carolina.


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