Friday, 23 March 2018

Review: Not If I Save You First by Ally Carter

Not If I Save You First by Ally Carter
Publisher: Orchard  Books 
Publication Date: March 27th 2018.
My rating: 3 Stars. 

Dear Logan, Someday I'm going to write a book: How Not to Die in Alaska - A Girl's Guide to Fashionable Survival. I bet you don't know that a hair pin can make an excellent fishing hook. You may think you can use just any kind of mud for mud masks, but trust me, you CAN'T! In a pinch, nothing starts a fire like nail polish remover. Alaska is tough. You might know this, if you ever replied to my letters. After Maddie's Secret Service dad takes a bullet for the president, he takes Maddie somewhere he thinks they'll be safe - far away from the White House and the president's son, Logan. But when Logan comes to Alaska, so does the danger. If there's one thing Alaska has taught Maddie, it's how to survive. And now her best friend's life depends on it ...

I had such high hopes going into Not If I Save You First, I'd adored Carter's books in the past and the absolutely amazing premise of course drew me in, so I'm kind of disappointed that I didn't end up enjoying this book more. Not If I Save You First started off wonderfully, I was drawn into Maddie's world and her friendship with Logan the president's son. I could tell that despite being just ten years old their friendship meant the world to them, so having this abruptly taken away from them, of course would be shocking to say the least. But with how important they were to each other, you would have thought that they would have stayed in touch any means possible, so what was going on with Logan? I could tell he was struggling through life without Maddie, but couldn't he even reply to a single letter? Or was he not even receiving them? All I knew that when they finally reunited, I wanted to get to the bottom of what was going on. Being reunited in Alaska, was one of the most unusual places, but it sort of felt like a backdrop to a James Bond film with the way that things down. The entire set up, the chase and the fast pace given to us by Carter was brilliant. I had no real idea why these people were after Logan, but I was eager for both of them to make it out safely. My only complaint was that when things came to ahead, the reasoning behind everything felt sort of underwhelming to me, like there was this whole build up, but for no reason. And I can't explain it, it felt as if this book was a bit too young for me, I don't know if this is because I'm sort of falling out with Young Adult books at the minute, but like I said unfortunately this book wasn't able to leave the greatest impression with me.

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Review: Zero Day by Ezekiel Boone

Zero Day (The Hatching #3) by Ezekiel Boone
Publication date: February 27th 2018
Publisher: Atria/Emily Bestler Books
My rating: 4 Stars
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In the finale of Ezekiel Boone’s Hatching series, the United States goes to war against the queen spiders that threaten to overtake the human race forever.

The world is on the brink of apocalypse. Zero Day has come.

The only thing more terrifying than millions of spiders is the realization that those spiders work as one. But among the government, there is dissent: do we try to kill all of the spiders, or do we gamble on Professor Guyer’s theory that we need to kill only the queens?

For President Stephanie Pilgrim, it’s an easy answer. She’s gone as far as she can—more than two dozen American cities hit with tactical nukes, the country torn asunder—and the only answer is to believe in Professor Guyer. Unfortunately, Ben Broussard and the military men who follow him don’t agree, and Pilgrim, Guyer, and the loyal members of the government have to flee, leaving the question: what’s more dangerous, the spiders or ourselves?

My Thoughts:
I’ll try and make this as non-spoilery as possible given that this is the third installment in The Hatching series.   

The human species is under threat by spiders overrunning most of the earth on a grand scale. Our survival tenuous at best, and dependent on outsmarting the spiders who are fast, coordinated, and deadly.  They run on instinct and seem to keep evolving! Just normal everyday spiders scare the hell out of me, so these spiders would give me a heart attack on the spot!

I was on the edge of my seat through most of these books, and rooting for several of the characters introduced through the series!  Zero Day was thrilling, fast paced with lots of action, and we get to see the impact of this global attack through the eyes of several characters located all around the world.  I loved the overall story arc through the series, and there was even a wee bit of romance! Two I was really hoping would pan out eventually, and I got my wish on both accounts!

I love stories where the survival of the human race is at risk, and the characters involved must fight with everything they have to survive!  Zero Day was a superb ending to a thrilling series, and everything I hoped for! 

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Monday, 19 March 2018

Review: Here So Far Away by Hadley Dyer

Here So Far Away by Hadley Dyer
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: March 20th 2018
My rating: 2 stars. 

Award-winning author Hadley Dyer’s YA debut is smart, snarky, and emotionally gripping, about a rebellious cop’s daughter who falls in love with an older man, loses her best friend, and battles depression, all while trying to survive her last year of high school. Feisty and fearless George Warren (given name: Frances, but no one calls her that) has never let life get too serious. Now that she’s about to be a senior, her plans include partying with her tight-knit group of friends and then getting the heck out of town after graduation. But instead of owning her last year of high school, a fight with her best friend puts her on the outs of their social circle. If that weren’t bad enough, George’s family has been facing hard times since her father, a police sergeant, got injured and might not be able to return to work, which puts George’s college plans in jeopardy. So when George meets Francis, an older guy who shares her name and her affinity for sarcastic banter, she’s thrown. If she lets herself, she’ll fall recklessly, hopelessly in love. But because of Francis’s age, she tells no one—and ends up losing almost everything, including herself. This is a gorgeous, atmospheric, and gut-wrenching novel that readers won’t soon forget.

Lately I've been going into books without re-reading the summary of the book, I've been finding that I've been able to get into a book much more this way, and I like the process of figuring things out as they come along. So, you could say I was intrigued with the unravelling of George's life in Here So Far Away, from her dad having his leg amputated and not sure if he could go back to his job as a police sergeant, to George and her friends drifting away from what used to be a tight knit friendship and to her falling for someone she never expected. It was a lot for George to deal with especially as she didn't really feel that she had anyone she could confide in with her feelings for this guy, and to top it off, when things came into light later on, it was clear that George really couldn't tell anyone with both of them potentially getting into trouble. The time spent with this romantic interest, I really enjoyed, I know people may question how George could fall so hard and fast for him, but for me both of their feelings appeared truly genuine. Also with the obstacles in the way, it would seem the right thing to do would be to break things off, but despite attempting to, it wasn't always possible. One of the reasons for my low rating for this book, is that I felt as if I didn't really get the emotional depth and impact from the story that I would have expected. Several major things happened in George's life, one which even though I didn't see coming, I felt as if I wasn't left as reeling as I would have expected, which is a real shame as I felt this book had the potential to be a great read for me. This aside, I'm sure other readers will go on and enjoy this book a lot more than I did.

Sunday, 18 March 2018

Weekly Recap #28

Hi everyone, with Rachel and I's crazy work schedules, we miss sharing whats going on with us. We used to have a lot of fun with our Showcase Sunday posts, so thought we'd do something regular on the blog, where we share bookish news and life news in general as a weekly recap! We've decided to link our weekly wrap up's with The Sunday Post hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated reviewer.


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Things have still been a little mixed for me reading-wise, Wait For You and Playing Dirty I ended up DNF'ing, I really tried, but there were just too many eye rolling moments for me. And Faking It I only ended up rating 2 stars. My only highlight of the week was Alex Approximately, I ended up loving the heck out of this and can't wait to read more by Bennett straight away! 

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I had a great reading week, and enjoyed all the books above.  I was pleasantly surprised to love The Woman Left Behind, because I had seen some lackluster reactions with the book.  Personally thought it was wonderful!  Zero Day was an amazing series ender.  I should have my review up this week.  I was thrilled to get back to the world of The Others with Lake Silence!

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I'm excited to be taking part in the blog tour for Starry Eyes,  as I mentioned I loved Alex Approximately, my first book by Bennett, so I have high hopes for this book too. And it seems like ages since I read a book by Gayle Forman, I've always been a fan of her books and the reviews I've read from close friends for this book so far have been highly praising! I will be reading both of these books with Rashika, so here's hoping they work out for us!

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I love Roni Loren's writing, and although I was a little disappointed with the first book of this series I'm looking forward to The One You Can't Forget.  The Kiss Quotient sounds really good even though I'm not excited about the hero being a male escort. I've been enjoying RaeAnne Thayne's romances so I snatched up The Cottages on Silver Beach.

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This book came across my radar thanks to a fellow reviewer on Goodreads, and I have to admit my interest was piqued straight away, I've been putting off buying a copy, as I have so many of my own books to read, but I think I'll have a hard time resisting for long.


I added the upcoming The Others #7 by Anne Bishop. There's no cover or description yet, but it's supposed to release in 2019.


I'm still on Season 7 of Scandal, Olivia Pope is once again annoying the heck out of me, but I just can't seem to stop watching, I ended up watching 6 episodes in one day the other day! Despite my complaints I'll be sad to see this series come to an end this year, as it's been a huge part of my life! 


Started watching again and got to the end of season two. All I can say is wow!




This week Rachel and I celebrated our six year blogoversary, I can't believe that we've been blogging for so long, to say thank you we have a giveaway for two 2018 pre-orders, you can enter by clicking on the button above! 


Yay for six years! I still running and training and trying to get a handle on my calorie intake because I've put on a few pounds and my clothes are tight. *sigh* You'd think running four times a week and strength training three days I'd lose weight, but this is the second time with training that I've gained.  Brandie has a Facebook group where we all check in and discuss our experiences trying to keep fit and stay healthy, and I guess this isn't unusual.  I think when I run I get really hungry and I haven't been as strict about what I snack on.  I need to portion things out for my snacking to head off this trend.

How was your week?

Friday, 16 March 2018

Review: Lake Silence by Anne Bishop

Lake Silence (The Others #6) by Anne Bishop
Publication date: March 6th 2018
Publisher: Ace
My rating: 4 Stars
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In this thrilling and suspenseful fantasy, set in the world of the New York Times bestselling Others series, Vicki DeVine and her lodger, the shapeshifter Aggie Crowe, stumble onto a dead body . . . and find themselves enmeshed in danger and dark secrets.

Human laws do not apply in the territory controlled by the Others–vampires, shapeshifters, and paranormal beings even more deadly. And this is a fact that humans should never, ever forget . . .

After her divorce, Vicki DeVine took over a rustic resort near Lake Silence, in a human town that is not human controlled. Towns like Vicki’s have no distance from the Others, the dominant predators that rule most of the land and all of the water throughout the world. And when a place has no boundaries, you never really know what’s out there watching you.

Vicki was hoping to find a new career and a new life. But when her lodger, Aggie Crowe–one of the shapeshifting Others–discovers a dead body, Vicki finds trouble instead. The detectives want to pin the man’s death on her, despite the evidence that nothing human could have killed the victim. As Vicki and her friends search for answers, things get dangerous–and it’ll take everything they have to stay alive.

My Thoughts:
I was thrilled to visit the world of The Others again with Lake Silence, but was a little unsure if I’d like it as much as the previous books that centered on Meg and Simon, and the Lakeside Courtyard residents. I will say that Meg and Simon continue to be my favorite, because, hello, romance junkie here, but Lake Silence was captivating! And there is a hint of a romance to come.  Wasn’t sure if this was going to be a standalone, but I just checked and there’s another book coming, so yay! Maybe I will get my romance after all.

So the story centers on Vicki, a recent divorcee who acquired a lakeside lodge in her divorce settlement, The Jumble.  Along with The Jumble, she has access to a prime lakeside beach on Lake Silence.  The Jumble is located in the Wild Country, smack in the middle of The Others’ territory.  Vicki’s very respectful of the terms of the land lease, and building restrictions while renovating, which is something that’s noticed and appreciated by The Others who live all around her. Not that she realizes all this at first.

Vicki’s ex-husband is a real piece of work with nefarious plans and he starts to set these in motion.  Also, Vicki’s lodger, Aggie Crow, finds a dead body on the property, and this really sets the story into motion. 

Officer Wayne Grimshaw, a highway patrolman, is sent up to The Jumble to investigate and becomes embroiled in the whole mess, and temporarily stationed in Sproing, the little town adjacent to The Jumble.  There’s also Julian, an Intuit, and previous policeman who worked with Grimshaw, and several other interesting and fun characters.  Aggie, Vicki’s lodger and member of the Crowgard.  Ineke, the boardinghouse owner, and kick-ass friend of Vicki; Ilya Sanguinati, a scary, but “yummy” attorney, and many more. All play a vital role in Vicki’s new exciting life.

I think Vicki’s story sort of echoed bits of Meg’s story in the first books, where a human settles in with The Others and because of her courage, acceptance of The Others, kindness, and lack of prejudice, is taken under the wing (s) of The Others she comes in contact with.

Vicki finds herself in a heap of trouble and bullied by a group of men, that include her dirtbag of an ex-husband, who want to take over her property.  I was so thrilled when The Others took up for her, much to the surprise of the horrible, scheming men, who’ll stop at nothing to get there way.  Gotta say, I was so very nervous for Vicki on more than one occasion! 

The story took a little bit to get into, but that wasn’t surprising with a new cast of characters and new location, but reading the previous books made it easy to slide in and get comfortable.  I didn’t want to put the book down, not even when driving on some windy roads.  I was on vacation, visiting wineries while reading, and didn’t want to get car sick, so I purchased the audio version, so I didn’t have to stop the story! My husband also became riveted to the story while I had it playing in the car. 

Loved Lake Silence and I can’t wait to continue with another adventure in the next book!

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