Wednesday, January 28, 2015

WAITING ON WEDNESDAY #83: Even When You Lie to Me by Jessica Alcott

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Fans of John Green's Looking for Alaska as well as Lauren Oliver and Sarah Dessen will embrace this provocative debut novel, an exploration of taboo love set against the backdrop of a suburban high school.

Charlie, a senior, isn't looking forward to her last year of high school. Another year of living in the shadow of her best friend, Lila. Another year of hiding behind the covers of her favorite novels. Another year of navigating her tense relationship with her perfectionist mom.

But everything changes when she meets her new English teacher. Mr. Drummond is smart. Irreverent. Funny. Hot. Everyone loves him. And Charlie thinks he's the only one who gets her.

She also thinks she might not be the only one with a crush.

In this stunning debut, Jessica Alcott explores relationships-and their boundaries-in a way that is both searingly honest and sympathetic.

Expected publication: June 9th 2015

I have such a weak spot for student/teacher relationships. It's not just the taboo nature of it, it's also seeing if it's a one sided attraction, and how the author manages to pull something like that off. 
I'm really excited for this!
What book are you patiently waiting for the release of?

Thursday, January 22, 2015

BLOG TOUR - AUDIOBOOK REVIEW: Crossing the Ice (Ice #1) by Jennifer Comeaux

Crossing the Ice (Ice #1)
Release Date: 08/03/14
Narrated by: Emily Stokes
Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins 

Summary from Goodreads:
Falling hard never felt so good.

Pair skaters Courtney and Mark have one shot left at their Olympic dream. They vow not to let anything get in their way, especially not Josh and Stephanie, the wealthy and talented brother and sister team.

The heart doesn’t always listen to reason, though...

The more time Courtney spends with sweet, shy Josh, the harder she falls for him. But they are on opposite sides of the competition, and their futures are headed in opposite directions. Will their friendship blossom into more or are their paths too different to cross?

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My Thoughts:
I've only recently discovered the wonderful thing that is audiobooks. Only a few months back I listened to my first one and was hooked. However I do find that my enjoyment has a lot to do with the narrator. If it's not how I imagined, I can find my mind drifting a little while I'm reading. But I didn't have that problem once with Crossing the Ice. Emily Stokes did a wonderful job of alternating voices so that I was never in doubt over who was speaking. I especially loved Sergei's voice. She also expertly captured each characters different emotions, and it was so easy to be swept away in the story.

I'm not shy in admitting that I have a real thing for bad boys. They're usually a little broken and I find myself really attracted to that. But let me tell you, the shy and quiet type may just be my new thing. I adored the ease with which Josh's cheeks reddened, but I also loved experiencing his comfort and Joy at being with Courtney. Josh was just so, so beautiful, and sweet, and caring, and loving. When a guy treats a girl the way that Josh treated Court, it was impossible not to want to swoon at his feet.

I also really Liked Courtney. She was competitive and dedicated and committed to her dream of getting to the olympics. She was sweet and she loved completely and always tried her hardest to make everyone around her comfortable. 

Although Crossing the Ice is listed as New Adult it had a real YA sweetness about it. But don't get me wrong, while there was no overly descriptive scenes, in fact it was a very clean read, there was lots and lots of kissing. Lots of yummy kissing.

I absolutely loved the competition of the ice skating in this book. There were times I was sitting on the edge of my seat just waiting for the scores to be revealed after a skate. There was tension and joy and plenty of ups and downs.

I didn't realise until after I finished listening to this that it was a spin off of The Edge series. But let me say that it in no way made any difference that I've jumped straight in with this one. But I will definitely be going back and picking up the other series for a read.

I must make mention of one issue with the audiobook, although it is no fault of the authors, in one of the early chapters it kept backtracking and repeating lines over and over, and it got to the point that I just had to skip forward past that chapter. But that was the only issue with my whole listening experience.

Crossing the Ice really snuck up on me and grabbed me. It was sweet, with touches of heat, there was tension to hold my interest and a really beautiful romance. I'm really excited to see what comes next for Court and Josh.

"He's simply adorable. I could put him on a cracker. "

4/5 Sweet Josh Tucker Stars.

About the Author:
Jennifer Comeaux is a tax accountant by day, writer by night. There aren’t any ice rinks near her home in south Louisiana, but she’s a diehard figure skating fan and loves to write stories of romance set in the world of competitive skating. One of her favorite pastimes is travelling to competitions, where she can experience all the glitz and drama that inspire her writing. Jennifer loves to hear from readers! Visit for contact information and to learn more about her books.

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

WAITING ON WEDNESDAY #82: The Secrets We Keep by Trisha Leaver

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

A girl takes over her twin sister's identity in this emotionally charged page-turner about the complicated bond between sisters.

Ella and Maddy Lawton are identical twins. Ella has spent her high school years living in popular Maddy's shadows, but she has never been envious of Maddy. In fact, she's chosen the quiet, safe confines of her sketchbook over the constant battle for attention that has defined Maddy's world.

When—after a heated argument—Maddy and Ella get into a tragic accident that leaves her sister dead, Ella wakes up in the hospital surrounded by loved ones who believe she is Maddy. Feeling responsible for Maddy's death and everyone's grief, Ella makes a split-second decision to pretend to be Maddy. Soon, Ella realizes that Maddy's life was full of secrets. Caught in a web of lies, Ella is faced with two options—confess her deception or live her sister's life.

Expected publication: April 28th 2015

I remember there used to be a set of twins at my school who would fool everyone by switching places, but this just takes it to a whole new level. That saying 'be careful what you wish for' comes to mind here.
What book are you patiently waiting for the release of?

Monday, January 19, 2015


Stacking The Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews. It is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!


I added three more books to my shelves this week, and all were recommended to me by online friends.

Reviews I've posted over the last week

What books have you added to your shelves this week?

Sunday, January 18, 2015

BLOG TOUR - REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: Broken Skies (Broken Skies #1) by Theresa Kay

BROKEN SKIES by Theresa Kay has been RELAUNCHED!
BROKEN SKIES is the first novel in a young adult science fiction trilogy by Theresa Kay. Perfect for fans of Angelfall by Susan Ee and the Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout, it tells the story of seventeen-year-old Jasmine “Jax” Mitchell, an impulsive and traumatized girl whose fierce loyalty to her kidnapped twin brother drives her to rescue him at any cost even if it means employing the help of a teenaged alien boy with questionable motives.

"This book had me ALL OVER THE PLACE. Happy, sad, angry, tummy fluttery, giddy, outraged, betrayed... just... all over the place. —Caylie M., Amazon Reviewer

"This is for those who enjoy exciting, intriguing YA level Sci-Fi and Dystopian with a sweet romance." — Sophia Rose, Delighted Reader Blog

"The kind of novel that makes you anxiously excited about the series to come!" —Jocey, Amazon Reviewer

"All I want to keep talking about is how awesome Broken Skies was, how much I loved it and that you must read it, so we can gush about it together!" —Total Book Geek

Want to know about what happened when BROKEN SKIES got picked up by a publisher? Check out Theresa’s reaction here!

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In seventeen-year-old Jax Mitchell's world, humans are nearly extinct and alien settlers have arrived.

Until recently, the E’rikon have remained segregated in their city and ignored the few humans who have tried to engage them… but now they have taken Jax’s brother. To rescue him, she forms an uneasy alliance with a teenage E’rikon left stranded in the woods. She agrees to guide him to the city if he sneaks her past the human-proof barrier. Too bad it’s not that simple.

Jax, who cannot stand to be touched, finds that she’s drawn to the alien boy with bright green hair and jewel-like scales down his back. And he’s equally affected by her, the courageous redhead with haunted eyes. But she doesn’t know the alien’s true motives and he has no idea that she is much more than she seems.

In this world where alien and human are at odds, the connection forming between the two has consequences. What started off as a rescue mission sets a chain of events in motion which threatens not only the remaining humans and the growing alien society, but Earth itself.

On Sale in Print: January 13, 2015

And Available NOW on your Kindle!
Add BROKEN SKIES to your TBR pile on Goodreads!

My Thoughts:

It's an odd feeling to be stuck inside a dream, mind frozen in fear, while your body acts out your greatest horror.
I had only ever read one Alien book besides this one, and if I thought that Broken Skies was going to travel down the same similar storyline I was very mistaken. One of the main differences was that Theresa Kay sets her story in a dystopian world. Society has collapsed and humans are almost extinct. Aliens are living in their world, although they don't mix with the humans. But that's all about to change when Jax and her twin brother Jace come face to face with a group of E'rikon, and Jace is kidnapped by the aliens. Left behind when the E'rikon leave, Lir teams up with Jax to help her get into his city and rescue her brother.
I liked this story right from the start. It was engaging and intriguing, full of secrets and revelations with a nice dose of action and a dash of romance to balance everything out nicely.

Always for me. Always about me. All my fault. Everything.
Jax was a likeable character. Despite her dislike of being touched she was quite strong and that strength just continued to grow as the story went on. She learns a whole variety of things about herself as she makes the trek in search of her brother. And even though these revelations along with the situations she finds herself in are enough to bring her to her knees, she always manages to overcome her fears and the obstacles and get back to her feet and move on.
He's been my life raft, my rock, and I'm just selfish, too broken to have anything to offer him, but I need him. Some part of me calls out to him, craves the comfort he offers, and I'm not strong enough to deny it.

I was really intrigued by Lir, and even at the end of Broken Skies I felt that there was a lot more to learn about him. I liked that physically he was very different to a human boy with his green hair and scales, and it was because of those differences that I was really drawn to him. 
The relationship between Jax and Lir was anything but smooth. They were faced with many challenges along the way as well as each learning to trust the other. Just when I thought that they had reached an understanding, something would surface that would once again put their growing feelings to the test. 
The story flowed really well and the action and intrigue kept me interested throughout. This is definitely a series that I will continue to read. I have a long list of questions that I can't wait to have answers to. I also look forward to seeing how things are going to develop between Jax and Lir after that ending!!
4/5 Mysterious Alien Stars
Author Bio: The only person she knows who had a subscription to Writer's Digest at eleven and was always excited to write research papers, Theresa has been putting words to paper since a young age. Living in the mountains of central Virginia with her husband and two kids, she works as a paralegal by day, binges on Netflix at night and finds bits of time in between reading almost everything she can get her hands on and laundry to craft stories that tend to feature broken characters in sci-fi or paranormal worlds, with a touch of romance thrown in for good measure. She's constantly lost in one fictional universe or another and is a self-proclaimed “fangirl” who loves being sucked in to new books or TV shows. Theresa originally wanted to write horror novels as an ode to her childhood passion for Stephen King, but between her internal Muse’s ramblings and the constant praise for her sci-fi pieces from her writer’s group – The Rebel Writers – she knew she should stick with what was working.

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