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Tempest 3 (Timestorm)
Tempest 3 (Timestorm)
by Julie Cross
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.74

5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome conclusion to a fab series, 15 Aug. 2014
This review is from: Tempest 3 (Timestorm) (Paperback)
Timestorm picks up right as Vortex leaves off, with Jackson and his friends in the year 3200. It is there that Jackson learns the most about his genes and how if he time jumps again it will most likely kill him. He learns more about Eyewall and their cruel experiments and he knows he has to stop them, whatever the price may be. Jackson is surrounded by the people he loves. Including his one time love, Holly who turned Eyewall agent. Even his sister, who died many years previously is with him.

Timestorm, and the entire trilogy, is a masterpiece. It is easy to get lost in the science with books like this, but when the main character is constantly learning so is the reader. There are a few information dumps, but nothing too overwhelming.

There isn’t a single thing I didn't like about this series. The characters leapt off the page and were so well developed. The plot moved like a current, ebbing and flowing as it needed. This is the kind of series you curl up with one weekend and devour all three books.

Timestorm was a perfect conclusion to what is a fantastic series. It broke my heart and pieced me together again and I can’t to read it all over again.


Summer's Shadow
Summer's Shadow
by Anna Wilson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Better for younger YA readers, 15 Aug. 2014
This review is from: Summer's Shadow (Paperback)
When Summer’s mother dies, her will states that Summer would live with family she has never met before in Cornwall. Her Uncle Tristan seems anxious and doesn’t know how to deal with Summer. Her cousin Kenan goes out of his way to be mean and her aunt has moved out of the house.

As if losing her mother wasn’t bad enough, now Summer has to leave behind her home, friends and normal life. Nothing is the same in Cornwall. Her family behave so strangely and she can’t even get a signal on her mobile phone. But that’s not all. Summer is haunted by strange occurrences that started with a phone call at the exact minute her mother died. Now there is a white cat that appears to Summer alone.

Summer begins exploring the nearby beach she has discovered, and stumbles upon a secret cove. It is in the cove she meets local boy Zach, who seems to be the only person capable of pulling Summer out of her grief.

Summer’s Shadow was a good read, but perhaps at the younger end of the YA spectrum.


GLOSS 2: Summer Scandal
GLOSS 2: Summer Scandal
by Marilyn Kaye
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Gritty yet light-hearted read, 15 Aug. 2014
It’s the summer of 1964 and the four summer interns are back in New York. Sherry, Donna, Allison and Pamela are reunited and things couldn’t be more different for all of them. The four are all set with new challenges as they embark on new jobs and relationships.

Allison is learning that dating a teen heartthrob isn’t all its cracked up to be…and you’re never really dating just him, but everything that comes with being famous. Pamela is desperate to break into fame and will do anything to get it, no matter who she stomps on to do it. Donna is living her dream job and has to put up with a nightmare boss to do, and possibly ignore some of her morals along the way. And Sherry is trying to make a name for herself in the magazine, but someone is determined to ruin the magazine itself.

I absolutely adored this book. I have to admit I haven’t read the first in the series, but it didn’t ruin the second for me. The characters are introduced in a vivid way with just enough backstory to stop things from being confusing. The four girls could not be more different who, although they come together with this great bond, have four very different stories to tell.

There is a very serious heartbeat to this book. Set in the middle of the sixties, there are many class and race issues that are raised. Sherry befriends William, a black man who is a student at Columbia University. Sherry is a southern girl and back home things aren't quite as liberal and forward thinking as the people in New York. She is a sympathiser and quite simply just wants equality for everyone, regardless of their sex, skin colour or social standing. Sherry is met with quite a bit of distrust when she tries to join a few groups who want equality and it is at one of these meetings that she is introduced to William.

Donna mets Jack and there is instant attraction. It is later that she finds out his surname is Vanderwill and comes from one of the most wealthy families in the city. Neither of them care, but his mother isn’t pleased Donna doesn’t come from better stock.

Gloss: Summer Scandal is awash with interesting characters and I loved the gritty story lines. Despite these hard-hitting topics, it is, for the most part, a light-hearted read. Best read outside on the grass wearing large vintage sunglasses with the sunshine beating down on you and a frosted glass of lemonade.


Love Letters to the Dead
Love Letters to the Dead
by Ava Dellaira
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.24

3.0 out of 5 stars Worth a read, very melancholic, 13 July 2014
Love Letters to the Dead was a moving read, full of melancholy and at its heart, hope.

It began as an assignment for English class - write a letter to a dead person. Laurel chooses Kurt Cobain because he died young, like her sister May. Laurel begins pouring her heart out to him and soon she isn’t just writing to him, she’s writing to dozens of other dead people.

Laurel communicates with us solely through these letters. There are no chapter or scene breaks, just letters. It is brilliantly written and though she is essentially ‘telling’ us her story, she is showing us so much more. Laurel’s pain leaps off the page. It is pretty clear fairly early on that she is harbouring some deep secret, getting clearer as the book continues.

There is so much for Laurel to deal with - starting high school, first love, growing up, dealing with the loss of her sister.

With a title like Love Letters to the Dead, it’s obvious this isn’t going to be a feel good book. But it’s still an amazing read. The words come alive in front of you as you fall down Laurel’s rabbit hole. This book is something in the vein of 13 Reasons Why and Lovely, Dark and Deep.


Split Second
Split Second
by Sophie McKenzie
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling, 21 April 2014
This review is from: Split Second (Paperback)
Nat first saw Charlie long before she ever saw him. He saw her on the worst day of their lives, when a London bombing put Nat’s brother in a coma, and killed Charlie’s mum. When Charlie moves in with her uncle and attends the local private school, it is her turn to see Nat. She hits it off with his sister and as they get closer, Nat seems to get more standoffish. On the surface it seems as though Nat and Charlie would have a lot in common, but as Charlie’s curiosity gets the better of her she starts to realise that maybe Nat knows more about that day than he lets on.

What follows next neither of them could see coming. And maybe both of them are wrong about what really happened that day.

Split Second is action-packed and a taut YA thriller. I couldn’t put this book down and my mind raced to try and figure out what would happen next.

There isn’t a great deal I can say about this book and I feel it’s on of those you just have to take on faith. Anything said about this book could give too much away and all the little things revealed not mean as much.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I read it on the edge of my seat.


Tangled (The Tangled)
Tangled (The Tangled)
by Emma Chase
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Easy but funny, enjoyable, 21 April 2014
This review is from: Tangled (The Tangled) (Paperback)
Drew Evans has it all. He’s handsome and arrogant and the kind of cocky that knows it. He makes multimillion dollar business deals, can seduce a woman with a smile and breezes through life with barely a care in the world.

Then he met Kate Brooks. A new associate at Drew’s father’s firm, she is automatically out of bounds for him, but that doesn't stop himself from fantasising. Kate is amazing at her job, smart, funny and gorgeous. And attached. When they are put in competition with each other the gloves come off but pretty soon office politics become serious flirting and sexual tension.

Kate embodies everything that Drew never wanted. Why have one woman when you could have any number? But something about this woman makes Drew want to pursue until he has what he wants and never let go. But just as he is on the brink of getting what he wants his ego destroys any chance he has.

I’m in two minds about Tangled. On one hand, it was okay. It passed easily without much involvement and while it was a good read, I’ve had better. But on the other, something about this book made it brilliant. It is written from Drew’s POV and in a very unique way. The best way I could describe it would be like Leo in The Wolf of Wall Street, and I actually heard that voice as I was reading. It’s one of those shockingly honest views into the male psyche and though we should hate him, something about Drew is pretty damn loveable.

All in all, an easy but very enjoyable read.


Take a Chance (Chance 1)
Take a Chance (Chance 1)
by Abbi Glines
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best from Abbi Glines, but still enjoyable, 21 April 2014
When Harlow’s father goes on tour with his rock band, he insists she goes to live with her half-sister, Nan, in Rosemary Beach. There’s just one problem. Nan hates her, and isn;t shy in letting Harlow know it. And after her first night in Rosemary, Harlow discovers the guy she gave her virginity to has spent the night with Nan.

Grant wishes he had never gotten involved with Nan. He had known she was poisonous, but underneath it all he truly thought he could be the one to redeem her. Unfortunately he was just the latest in a long line of men Nan uses to her own advantage. So when Grant met Harlow and saw what a woman really looks and acts like, he is desperate to rid himself of Nan and show Harlow he can be the kind of guy she can depend on.

Harlow wants nothing more than to believe in Grant. But after he disappeared after their night together, she has little reason to believe he’s changed. But Grant is determined, and Harlow is hopeful.

To be perfectly honest, I was a tiny bit apprehensive going into this book. I’ve been a huge Abbi Glines fan for ages, but after the two Perfection books, I was starting to lose faith in her. But hurray! Here we have a new series set in the sunny coastal town of Rosemary and two characters I don’t want to knock their heads together.

I’ve liked Grant since we first met him in Fallen Too Far, and that guy who filled up Blaire’s gas tank is still trying to be the good guy and fix anything broken. But unfortunately for Grant, he decided he could fix Nan when I doubt any such thing is possible. Grant sets himself up to be, to be honest, the guy we hate as a romantic lead. But redeem himself he does, and Harlow is a beautiful character to reach down and give him the hand up he needs.

I’m honestly looking forward to Grant and Harlow’s next book. And whatever Abbi may come out with next.


One Tiny Lie
One Tiny Lie
by K. A. Tucker
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sexy, emotional, amazing, 21 April 2014
This review is from: One Tiny Lie (Paperback)
It is Livie’s goal in life to be perfect. To follow the straight and narrow path, get prefect grades so she can go to Princeton and become a doctor. And make her father proud. Every decision she has ever made has been done with this in mind.

But when she makes it to Princeton, it doesn’t quite go as she planned. Instead of finding the nice, respectable guy she has dreamed of, she meets Ashton. A handsome rogue who loves nothing more than a good time, and recently, he’s found that good time in Livie’s mouth. And despite herself and knowing that his roommate Connor is absolutely the guy she should be with, she cannot stop thinking about Ashton and his tattoos.

Kacey, Livie’s sister, is hell bent on getting Livie to actually live her life instead of barrelling through it towards her goal. But to Livie, asking her to act irresponsible, or even just her age, is like asking her to stop breathing. Ahston makes her feel like everything is spiralling out of control, so why does she wish she could hold onto him and let just spiral?

It has been a long time since I have fallen so completely, and quickly, in love with a book like I did with this one. One Tiny Lie is one of those books you both want to gobble down whole all at once and yet read it sparingly so it can last forever. We first met Livie in Ten Tiny Breaths, when Kacey told her story. It was a pleasure to revisit these characters and see not only that Kacey is still doing well, but all the adoptive family are.

Livie’s story isn’t as visually destructive as what Kacey’s was, but at least Kacey took what she wanted when she wanted it. Livie denies herself the things she truly wants and the heartbreaking thing is she doesn’t even realise she’s doing it. And in feeling like a failure and wishing she could stay away from Ashton, she discovers more about herself than she ever thought possible.

On the surface this is a fun and flirty book with a hot romance, but scratch the surface and you have two people who are really hurting, and pretty broken, who has the power to heal the other.

I cannot say enough good things about this book. It really is tremendous and I whole heartedly recommend it.


Unforgotten (Jessica Brody Trilogy)
Unforgotten (Jessica Brody Trilogy)
by Jessica Brody
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling sequel, action packed and awesome., 21 April 2014
Zen and Sera have escaped from the scientists at Diotech who created Sera. They have travelled back in time to 1609 and, so long as they keep to themselves and make sure nothing they do becomes part of public record, they can live out the remainder of their days in peace and safety but more importantly, together. Diotech can never find them.

But something is making Zen ill, and even before that life was a daily struggle. Every move Sera makes she has to be thoughtful and cautious. One wrong move could expose her as different…something you really don’t want in 1609. And when Zen’s life is threatened it isn’t even a choice - Sera acts to save him and is apprehended shortly after. She is accused of being a witch and put on trial, which means it will be public record.

Diotech has learned it’s mistakes and has created a weapon specially forged for Sera. They are equally matched and on paper, she cannot overcome him. But Zen will die if she doesn’t do something and so Sera must channel her human side and learn to get creative if either of them have a hope of seeing daylight as free people again.

I absolutely LOVE this series. Zen and Sera are very likeable characters, as are Kaelen and Cody. I could barely rip my eyes away from the pages and I raced through it as quickly as I could just to know what happened. It is fast paced and chock full of action and turmoil. Every emotion is channelled through this book and I think I felt every one.

Fans of this first book will not be left disappointed and I sincerely cannot wait for the next book.


Because It Is My Blood (Gabrielle Zevin Birthright Trilogy)
Because It Is My Blood (Gabrielle Zevin Birthright Trilogy)
by Gabrielle Zevin
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Edgy YA, 21 April 2014
Because It Is My Blood was as action-packed and thrilling as the first book in this tremendous series. Anya has just been released from prison and she wants nothing more than to go back to normal. But unfortunately for Anya, nothing can ever be the same. She is still fiercely protective of her family, of her brother Leo who she hasn’t seen in forever for his own safety, and the brilliant Natty, and for good reason, since a few members of the Balanchine family seek retribution for the shooting of her uncle. Anya can’t even seem to find a school willing to take her, what with the criminal record and ties to the mafia, and all. And worst of all, is Win, who seems like he has had no trouble whatsoever in getting over Anya.

And someone isn’t willing to sit back and let Anya, or any of her siblings, enjoy their lives and a hit is ordered on all three of them. Because It Is My Blood quickly becomes a thick-plotted murder mystery with creeping vines of subplots that both distracts the reader and gives them valuable clues as to what may have happened.

Because It Is My Blood was a rich and engrossing novel and I drank it in, savouring each and every word. I adored Anya’s story in this instalment of the trilogy and loved seeing how much she has grown as a character. I was kept guessing for the most part of this book and the moment it was finished I felt like I could finally let the breath go that I had been holding.

I simply cannot wait for the final book in this wonderful trilogy.


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