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Bookish Treasures

My name is Laura and I am a huge fan of YA, NA and fantasy novels. I proudly support both indie and traditionally published authors. You can check out my blog for reviews, interviews, guest posts and more at http://www.bookishtreasures.blogspot.com

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SKY
R.E. Palmer
Playing For Keeps (The Game, #2)
Emma Hart

Walking Disaster: A Novel

Walking Disaster - Jamie McGuire This review and others can be found at http://www.bookishtreasures.blogspot.com“I know we're fucked up, alright? I'm impulsive, and hot tempered, and you get under my skin like no one else. You act like you hate me one minute, and then need me the next. I never get anything right, and I don't deserve you...but I fucking love you, Abby. I love you more than I loved anyone or anything ever. When you're around, I don't need booze, or money, or the fighting, or the one-night stands...” - Beautiful Disaster Beautiful Disaster was my favourite book of 2011 so naturally ever since I first heard about Walking Disaster I was excitedly and anxiously waiting until I could get a copy. My feelings during the wait were mixed; on one hand it was a brand new book by one of my favourite authors, it was going to have all the characters that I loved in the first book and most importantly it was going to be the story of Beautiful Disaster from Travis’s point of view! However, on the other hand it was going to be the exact same story just from a new point of view. I was worried that it might be repetitive and possibly even boring. Luckily it wasn’t. I LOVED Walking Disaster. Despite being the same storyline the author made it fresh and new. It just goes to show how different things can seem when you are looking through someone else’s eyes. Rather than repeating what we already know conversational scenes are briefly mentioned and the main focus is on the things we never got to see in Beautiful Disaster. I would recommend having read the first book recently so all the events are fresh in your mind and you can fully appreciate this book. However at a push you could probably read this entirely as a standalone but I think you will love it more if you know Abbi’s side of the story first. “To douchebags!" he said, gesturing to Brad. "And to girls that break your heart," he bowed his head to me. His eyes lost focus. "And to the absolute fucking horror of losing your best friend because you were stupid enough to fall in love with her.” - Beautiful Disaster For anyone who didn’t like Travis in Beautiful Disaster (apparently you do exist) I think he will win you over in this book. Seeing his reasons for things and his thoughts about certain situations actually made me a little mad at Abbi for not being more understanding. I challenge you to try to read this book and not fall in love with Travis; he just seems so sweet and caring though also out of his depth as he has never been in love before. Some things get explained in this book too, such as where the nickname pigeon came from; who knew a name like pigeon could have such a sweet meaning. Both books will merge in your head to give you such a complete understanding of the story unlike anything you have ever experienced before. Together the two books make the ultimate book! Travis and Abbi are one of my favourite book couples of all time because neither of them are perfect nor is their relationship perfect but they love each other, need each other and fight to be together. I am very happy to say that Walking Disaster was just as good as I hoped it would be, if not better! I now can’t wait to see what Jamie McGuire will bring next, all her books are so amazing that I would buy pretty much anything she writes. *I received a free ecopy of this book from the publisher via netgalley in exchange for an honest review, this has not affected my opinions nor the book rating in any way. A HUGE thank you to Atria for letting me read this book before it released.*

Patch Up

Patch Up - Stephanie Witter I beta-read this book. It is an amzing New Adult novel about moving on from the past and letting yourself care for someone even when you are hurt.Skye (the main character) is fragile but has a great inner strength. Duke (the "hero" though that isn't really the best term) is pretty swoon worthy and he also has a great depth with many different layers.The romance is slow-building and that makes it feel more realistic. The storyline is strong and holds its own without the romance and then the romance is just the cherry on the cake. It is very intense. If you like books such as [b:Hopeless|15717943|Hopeless (Hopeless, #1)|Colleen Hoover|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1353489892s/15717943.jpg|21389085] by [a:Colleen Hoover|5430144|Colleen Hoover|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/authors/1333056335p2/5430144.jpg] and [b:Wait for You|17314430|Wait for You (Wait for You, #1)|J. Lynn|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1363819713s/17314430.jpg|23981243] by [a:J. Lynn|699143|J. Lynn|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/authors/1360991177p2/699143.jpg] then you will LOVE this. If you don't you should still try Patch Up anyway as it is pretty unique.It grabs your attention from the very start and doesn't let go until the very end. I can't wait for september so everyone can read it!
If Only - Robin Nadler If Only is an incredibly moving and emotional tale of love and overcoming tragic events. It is a very long book for a romance – nearly 700 pages – but the story remained interesting throughout. Not many authors would be able to write such a long romance novel without the story becoming boring but Robin Nadler has managed it.The book follows Tommy and Brittany who both have tragic pasts but together can find the strength to put the past behind them and look forwards to the future. I loved watching these two characters fall in love as it felt so real and believable. They had all the ups and down that any couple would have but also a few that were unique to their situation. I also loved this book due to the way it dealt with someone who was abducted and raped in their past. I felt like the writer described exactly how someone in that situation would feel.As well as the main story there is also a focus on the best friends of the two main characters who have some issues of their own to deal with. This added depth to the story as well as giving the reader an alternate perspective to the story.I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a believable romance that deals with issues much deeper than the shallow disagreements often found in romance novels. I do want to point out that the characters are in their early 30’s in this book; the story takes place 12 years after the events mentioned in the blurb.*I was given a copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review*
The Rise (The Alexa Montgomery Saga, #3) - H.D. Gordon The first two books in this series were amazing so I had very high hopes for this one and it did not disappoint. The book starts exactly where Half Black soul ended; with Alexa, her recently rescued mother and Kayden racing back to two rivers to rescue Nelly. H.D. Gordon is incredible at writing gripping, page turning books and The Rise is no exception, there are many unexpected twists that take the story in an entirely different direction to what you expect. Secrets that people have been hiding start to come out during this book and several new POV’s are used that give you a deeper look into some of the characters.Alexa and Kaydens relationship develops a lot in ways I really enjoyed; their chemistry is portrayed very well and is 100% believable. I’m not going to mention anything about Jackson in this review, you will just have to read the book to find out what happens with him :P By far one of my favourite parts of this book was Nelly, in the previous books she was just Alexa’s weak, gentle sister that always needed protecting but in this book you get to see an entirely different and unexpected side of her. I didn’t think this series could get any better than it already was but this book has made it even better. This is a book that I would not only recommend you read but I would almost demand that you read it, it’s just too good to miss. I can’t wait to see what the author is going to do with the final book in the series. *I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, this has not affected my review in any way*

Taking Chances (Taking Chances, #1)

Taking Chances (Taking Chances, #1) - Molly McAdams

This review and others can be found at http://www.bookishtreasures.blogspot.com

 

I once told myself I would never write a review of Taking Chances. Simply because sometimes a book comes along that is so incredible no words can do it justice. This is one of those books.

 

I read a lot of books, most of which are good but nothing particularly special. Eventually most books blur together so only the truly amazing ones stand out. Almost five months after reading Taking Chances I can still remember all the little details and every single emotion the book made me feel. Five months and I still can’t get this book out of my head.

 

Taking Chances is a book that I want to erase the memory of ever reading just so I can experience reading it for the first time all over again. I know some people who didn't like this book - I think the sheer amount of emotion just isn't for everyone - but I LOVED it.

 

If you like romance, drama and lots of emotion in books then this is perfect for you. A great New Adult book that focuses more on the romance and character development than just sex. Though if you like steamy sexy scenes don't worry as there is the occasional one. The book starts good then keeps getting better, even when you think it couldn't get any better it proves you wrong.

 

This book has a sexy tattooed bad boy. In fact it has two! Chase and Brandon are two of my favourite male characters in a New Adult book; they are both the perfect mix of bad boy and romantic, both willing to give up the girl they love if it will make her happy.

 

Harper doesn’t always make the best decisions and sometimes I just wanted to shake her but she comes across as realistic. We’re not all perfect, we sometimes do stupid things and occasionally we may mess up big time. Despite her slightly odd back story she comes across as a real person; the girl we could all be though i highly hope my life will never be quite that dramatic.

 

If you have ever heard about this book before you probably know that it has a huge unexpected twist. I was so stunned I found myself blankly staring at my kindle for so long that it turned itself off. I found myself wanting to yell at the author “HOW COULD YOU DO THIS TO ME?!?!” whilst simultaneously giving her a massive hug and a round of applause.

 

The characters will work their way into your heart and you will find yourself experiencing their every emotion and really feeling for them. This book was such a roller coaster of emotions that after I finished reading I felt drained. I have hardly ever cried so much whilst reading a book, some were tears of sadness, devastation and despair whilst others were tears of joy and me marvelling over how beautiful a chapter was.

 

There was the odd little thing that wasn’t perfect but this book was too incredible for me to be bothered by them. For a book to get me that emotionally involved and to care that much about the characters I couldn’t possibly give it anything less than 5 stars. It took over a week before I could read again and no book I have read since has been quite as good. I wish I had an extra star to give.

 

I want to do something I have never done before which is thank the author for writing this book, Molly please never ever stop writing :) And now I am off to reread this book, because I simply have to.

Source: http://www.bookishtreasures.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/review-of-taking-chances.html
Immortals And Melodies (Blood And Guitars #2) - Heather Jensen Being in love with a vampire is never easy. Having fought for their relationship, famous rock star Trey only has a few weeks to wait until he can be made immortal by his girlfriend Aurora. But the course of true love never did run smooth, and despite the troubles they have already faced, Trey and Aurora must continue fighting against those who do not wish them to see them together. Trey has to deal with the release of his latest album whilst trying to avoid those who have already tried to kill him and things won’t necessarily get any easier if he manages to become a vampire.The sequel to the amazing blood and guitars I was eagerly awaiting reading this book and it didn’t disappoint. Where most 2nd books fall flat, Heather Jensen has risen to the challenge and created a sequel that has even more action, romance and suspense than the first. The relationship between the two main characters matures and deepens and other secondary characters are well developed. As with the first book music plays a large part of the storyline with most of the book being about how Trey juggles his music world – band practices, video shoots and album releases – with the world of the vampires. I love the music element of the book as it is part of what makes it unique. This is a lovely sequel to a great first book and I feel that Heather is most certainly a leading author in her genre. I have loved both books so far and now I am very excited for book 3, Fangs and Fame.Reviewed for Readers Favourite
Lash (Lash #1) - Tara Fox Hall Everyone has a story – even a violent killer weresnake. Trystan is a young boy living with his mother and brother in the swamps of early 20th century America. Trying to make a better life for themselves the weresnake family move to work in a hotel and bit by bit life begins to improve. Trystan’s father who has been absent since before his birth finds them, and he is now very wealthy and prominent in society. With his new found wealth and status the girl Trystan loves agrees to marry him. Then everything starts to go wrong. A heart-breaking story of what the loss of those you care for can do and the lengths one man will go to for revenge.Tara Fox Hall has written a truly outstanding book. Lash was a shockingly beautiful and emotional tale of heartbreak, loss, revenge and violence. Set in the early 20th century the author interweaves the issues and prejudices of the time such as class, skin colour and the way women are treated with an amazing tale of a man who is clearly desperate for love even if he himself doesn’t know it. The paranormal aspect of this book was incredible with a rich lore of the characters. Trystan was a lovable character despite some of the atrocities he commits. The pure love he shows his family and those that he cares for is beautiful, as is his perseverance no matter what struggles life throws at him. This is a truly remarkable book and a definite must read. reviewed for readers favourite
Shadow and Light - Lanie Jordan I enjoyed reading Shadow and Light very much, the characters were great, the fantasy world was interesting and there was a nice level of action. Jeneca is a brilliant protagonist, she is very tough and can look after herself whilst at the same time being caring and kind-hearted. I loved that she doesn’t kill any Light Walkers that are after her as she doesn’t want to be what they say all Shadow Walkers are.This book is very character and story based with an incredible world in the background that is just begging to be further explained. I found this book to be very unique and I loved that. The powers that the Shadow Walkers have are well explained and the fight scenes are really cool. The first ¾ of this book is very well written and the world building is good.In my opinion what let this book down and stopped it being unbeatably incredible was the ending, well the things that were revealed near the end. Suddenly the dynamics between the two different peoples didn’t make sense to me anymore and things contradicted one another. It was a shame because up until that point it was a 5 star worthy book.I would have loved to hear more about the history as well because some things are briefly mentioned that I would have liked to hear more about. This book has so much potential to be incredible; the idea behind it is brilliant and the story is great, it just needs a few tweaks.

Mystic City

Mystic City -

Review - also on http://www.bookishtreasures.blogspot.com

 

From the moment I first saw the cover and read the blurb to this book I just knew that I had to read it. The idea behind the book is brilliant and the synopsis compares it to two of my favourite dystopian books. Unfortunately it didn’t quite live up to my expectations. Whilst the storyline was as incredible as I thought it would be, one element was lacking for me and that was the characters.

 

Aria is the perfect example of the type of character I dislike; whiney, gullible and without the tiniest shred of intelligence. Without hardly any questioning she just believes anything she is told even when things don’t make sense, she needs people to fully explain every little detail to her to know what is going on. This wasn’t helped by the fact that the book is very predictable and it is clear to everyone (except Aria) what is going on from the very start of the book. Aria did grow slightly as a character towards the end so I hope that she is less innocent and naive in future books.

 

All other aspects of the book were excellent. I loved the dystopian world that is the setting to this star crossed love story; two wildly different social classes, a flooded future Manhattan and people with powers that despite being necessary to the city functioning are hated and feared by the rich. I also liked the political and rebellion aspects to this book.

 

One of the best things about this book was Hunter. He was mysterious, strong, romantic and everything else that makes a perfect love interest. I loved Hunter and Aria’s relationship, he definitely brought out the best aspects of her character.

 

Despite me having some dislikes I do think that overall this is a good book. If Aria had been more developed as a character this could have become one of my favourites so I have high hopes for the second book. I also want to find out more about the Mystics as they were one of the best parts of this book and I think there is so much more to discover about them.

Source: http://www.bookishtreasures.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/review-of-mystic-city.html
Masquerade  - Cambria Hebert Heven used to be pretty, popular and the future head cheerleader but that was before. Before something happened that she can’t remember and she was left with three long scars on her face. Now she has lost everything and feels like she will never be normal, that is until she meets Sam. He makes Heven feel pretty again and confident enough to try to live. But Sam is hiding something, there is more to him than meets the eye and if Heven finds out his secret she may never feel safe again.I love the protagonist Heven; she is just inherently good and the sort of person you will struggle to dislike. The chapters alternate between Heven perspective and Sam’s and it gives you a really good insight into both characters and the story. There is lots of mystery especially with some of the short chapters from another perspective. This book really got me emotionally involved and I felt very sad for some of the characters at times, only talented authors can make you feel for the characters that much.I loved the supernatural elements to this book; Cambria hasn’t just used traditional paranormal creatures but instead used some that are a little more unusual. It makes this book more individual and unique than others that are available. I would definitely recommend this to lovers of paranormal romance, and I am looking forwards to reading Charade.
Night School Vampire Hunter (Novella#1 )    ( A Novella Trilogy) - Michelle Cornwell-Jordan When I heard about this book I thought it sounded great and I really wanted to read it. Unfortunately it didn’t live up to my expectations. One of my problems with this book is the length, only a few authors manage to succeed with making a short book seem like a full book in its own right and not just an introduction and Michelle didn’t. This book would probably be better merged with some of the other books in the series so it is just the first couple of chapters in a longer book.Despite it being very short, that wasn’t actually my main issue with this book. It is written as each chapter being a blog post by the main character and I found it really hard to follow. All books I have read that are written in that style I don’t enjoy so it is just a personal dislike on my part. If you don’t mind that style of writing it isn’t actually a bad book. The plot is decent, it wasn’t amazing enough for me to not care about the writing style, but I did read the book all the way through as I wanted to know how it ended.Overall I didn’t enjoy this book but I don’t think it’s awful. I just didn’t like the writing style but I do think some people would enjoy this book.*This book was provided to me by the publisher for review. In no way has this affected my review*

Grasping at Eternity (The Kindrily)

Grasping at Eternity - Karen Amanda Hooper

After the brutal murder of her family 17 year old Maryah moves to Sedona to live with her god parents who hide a secret - they are perpetually reincarnated souls with supernatural gifts who have chosen to live all of their lives together. Maryah unaware of the fact that she has known them all for hundreds of years as in her previous life she did the unimaginable, she chose to forget everything.

 

For her soul mate Nathan there is nothing more painful than looking at the person you love and knowing that they cannot remember you as they willingly gave up their memories. Despite the pain Nathan must hold it together so he can protect Maryah and the rest of his kindrily and if he’s lucky Maryah might regain her memories. After all, love always perseveres, or does it?

 

Grasping at Eternity is a beautiful book about the power of love and family. Rather than sticking to pre-made supernatural creatures, Karen has made her own, the Kindrily, reincarnated souls who have the power to remember previous lives and to choose where they end up in their future lives. Hooper has a beautiful and flowing writing style that when mixed with her vivid characters and engaging plot draws you deep into the world of the Kindrily.

 

Grasping at Eternity is a refreshing change from the overdone storylines about vampires and werewolves that generally dominate this genre. Karen Amanda Hooper is definitely an author to look out for as her original plots and believable characters make all her books that of a five star standard.

 

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Cheerage Fearage - Kimberly Dana Tiki Tinklemeyer is a manga loving social misfit who has been sent to cheerleading camp by her well-meaning adoptive parents in an attempt to get her to make some new friends. Unfortunately for Tiki, 10 years earlier the cheerleading captain was murdered at camp and weird things have been happening ever since. When bad things start happening to the girls in Tiki’s cabin, they originally think they are just being pranked by other girls, but then the pranks start to get creepier and scarier and Tiki starts seeing things. Is it all just a prank or is it something much more sinister happening at camp valentine?This is a very funny book that successfully uses comedy to offset the horror that is happening. It is very rare for a book to be able to be both funny and scary at the same time but Kimberly Dana has managed very well in Cheerage Fearage. The characters are somewhat clichéd and very over the top but that is part of their appeal and what makes them so lovable. I loved Tiki – the socially awkward geek who finds herself very surprised that she is actually enjoying cheer camp and starting to make friends only to then have to deal with an apparently haunted cabin. This book had me hooked and I didn’t put it down once until I was finished. The story starts out ok but steadily gets better and better and the ending is fantastic. This book should be read if only for the ending, the last page surprised me and absolutely blew my mind. I am looking forwards to reading more by this author and I am desperately hoping that we will hear more about Tiki and her friends.reviewed for readers favourite

Sleepers (The Swarm Trilogy, #1)

Sleepers - Megg Jensen

Lianne was one of three babies given by her defeated homeland to the land of Fithia as a peace offering after a great war. All her life she has been raised to believe that her homeland is magic less, defeated and weak, until her 16th birthday when a spell placed on Lianne as a baby ends and she discovers that much she has believed to be the truth is actually a lie.

 

With those supposed to guide her through her awakening dead, she must rely on fellow adoptees Kellan and Bryden for the truth. When everyone has a hidden agenda how will Lianne decide who to trust? Will she follow her heart or will she allow herself to be led astray?

 

I found this book to be a very enjoyable read. At first sleepers seems like a traditional, predictable fantasy book but there are many surprises that make it far from predictable. I loved the element of mystery in this book and the twists in the plot kept me guessing throughout.

 

I liked the characters, especially Lianne and Bryden and can’t wait to see them developed further in the rest of the series. This book just kept on getting better and better as I got further through it and the end was simply amazing, an action packed rollercoaster of surprises and excitement. I can’t wait for the second book in this fantastic new trilogy and I will be very eagerly awaiting its release.

 

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The Burning Seal - Jenna Storm 2.5 starsI liked this book but several parts just didnt work for me, the romance was good but i found the paranormal aspects of the book to be lacking.At times the book struggled to hold my interest and i very nearly stopped reading but it does get better later on with the last 50 pages or so making the rest of the book worthwhile. The books largest redeeming feature is chase, he is one of my favourite sexy love interests, though it annoys me that he refuses to believe that Danni is phsycic even when she can kind of prove it.Overall a decent book but not realy my cup of tea.

Crux

Crux - Julie Reece 3.5 starsWhen 18 year old, homeless Birdie receives over $300,000 and a key from a mysterious crazy guy giving away his money in the street she thinks all her problems may finally be solved. Unfortunately for Birdie, nothing is ever simple and she will have to fight dark forces to save both herself and those she loves.This book is very intriguing and the idea behind it is amazing. However, at times the flow of the book felt a bit off and I also sometimes had to reread a section to be able to understand it. Despite this, Crux is still a very enjoyable book with lovable characters and some brilliant plot twists.Birdie is a great protagonist; she is homeless through no fault of her own but is not at all bitter about it. She has a great strength inside which makes her a brave and determined character who wants to do the right thing; she is a great role model. I think this book will be loved by fans of PNR/UF. It is different to most other books out there and different is generally good.*This book was provided to me by the publisher for review. In no way has this affected my review*