Wednesday, March 11, 2015

REVIEW: The Lie by C. L. Taylor
Publication date: April 23, 2015

I know your name’s not really Jane Hughes . . .
Jane Hughes has a loving partner, a job in an animal sanctuary and a tiny cottage in rural Wales. She’s happier than she’s ever been but her life is a lie. Jane Hughes does not really exist.

Five years earlier Jane and her then best friends went on holiday but what should have been the trip of a lifetime rapidly descended into a nightmare that claimed the lives of two of the women.

Jane has tried to put the past behind her but someone knows the truth about what happened. Someone who won’t stop until they’ve destroyed Jane and everything she loves . . .

*Okay, so it might be hard for me to get my opinion across without spoilers so when there's a possible spoiler in a paragraph I'll put [SPOILER] before the start of the paragraph and you can choose to read or skip the paragraph*

I expected this novel to be mysterious and suspenseful, however, I did not expect it to be as creepy as it tuned out to be! Every page was a new twist, some expected and some not. C. L. Taylor did a great job at keeping the reader on their toes throughout the entire novel!

The girls went on the trip, originally, to help "save" Al but it turns out, they all needed a little saving. The Lie showed just how toxic holding your feelings in can be.

[SPOILERS] I was blown away by how quickly Daisy turned on Emma once they got to the "resort." The bonds of friendship and jealousy were excellently played between the four girls. How quickly rumors and things taken out of context can turn the world against you is so true and Taylor showed it brilliantly with the dynamic foursome of Daisy, Emma, Al and Leanne.

The flashbacks between Jane and her life as Emma were done in a way that leaves you gasping for more from both sides. They were placed in all the right places to make you feel Jane's fear of the truth coming out. 

I can't really discuss the resort without giving anything away so I'll just say this, if you like to be on the edge of your seat anxiously waiting for the next page, read this novel.

I rate The Lie 4/5 stars. 

Friday, March 6, 2015

REVIEW: Where the Road Takes Me by Jay McLean

Chloe has one plan for the future, and one plan only: the road. She’s made a promise to herself: don’t let anyone in, and don’t let anyone love her. She’s learned the hard way what happens if she breaks her rules. So she’s focused on being invisible and waiting until she can set out on the road—her dream of freedom, at least for a little while.
Blake Hunter is a basketball star who has it all—everything about him looks perfect to those on the other side of his protective walls. He can’t let anyone see the shattered pieces behind the flawless facade or else all his hopes and dreams will disappear.
One dark night throws Chloe and Blake together, changing everything for Blake. For Chloe, nothing changes: she has the road, and she’s focused on it. But when the so-called perfect boy starts to notice the invisible girl, they discover that sometimes with love, no one knows where the road may lead.

Wow. Where the Road Takes me is one of my favorite reads of 2015 so far!

Chloe is an exceptional character and plays a great female lead. I was blown away by her past and how it shaped her life in present day. And Blake, amazing. Blake's character went against all stereotypes of the "rich jock" that most novels play on. There were times that I wasn't happy with his characer, ahem, the cheating. Even though Hannah knew about it I don't approve of cheating- ever. But Chloe and Blake had such great chemistry and an amazing dynamic relationship.

I finished this novel hours ago and am just now getting to write the review because of the emotional turmoil it put me through. I can't really say why, since that'd be a pretty important spoiler, but lets just say... shit gets deep, real deep.

I absolutely recommend this book and hope that you'll give it a chance as I promise you it will leave you in a "red letter" kind of day... want to know what that means? Better go read it ;)

I rate this book 5/5 stars.

Link to purchase:
Amazon: Where the Road Takes Me

Thursday, March 5, 2015

REVIEW: Waiting for April by Jaime Loren

April Fletcher has died nineteen times... but she doesn't know it.
As far as April is concerned, she's just a normal seventeen-year-old, looking forward to spending spring break with her friends and going to college in the fall. April doesn't know she has never lived past her eighteenth birthday, nor does she realize that Scott Parker, her best friend, is actually her childhood sweetheart and fiancé from her very first life.
For nineteen-year-old Scott Parker, spending quality time with his soul mate has proved difficult ever since her tragic death in 1729. Since then he has lost her an additional eighteen times—each of her deaths more devastating than the last, and each of her births wiping the slate of her memory clean. Unable to save her but unwilling to give up, Scott has to hide the fact he's immortal—and will be until April confesses her love again.
But this time, things have changed. April has denied her feelings for him, is dating someone else, and with her eighteenth birthday fast approaching, their friendship is falling to pieces. Fearing their souls are irrevocably drifting apart, Scott must race against the clock to win her heart and save her life.

I love many books but there aren't many that truly leave me wordless...

Waiting for April did just that. With it being Jaime Loren's first novel I expected this read to be average. But, Waiting for April is the complete oposite!

I was pulled in by page one as Loren leads the readers in with confusion as to why Scott's freaking out about April being "late to open her curtains" and leaves you in a state of suspense through the entire novel.

The chemistry between April and Scott was magnificent. From their humor to both of their pig headedness, their relationship had me jealous. 

There are so many twists and so much action that I could not put this novel down! 

The ending leaves you with such shock that I, literally, stared at the last page after I'd finished reading for at least three minutes. I was so flabbergasted, I couldn't even form a full thought except that, Loren better give me more! So I googled it and found this quote by the author,
           "I’m so excited to announce that Momentum have recently acquired two more books in this series, making it a trilogy! Yay! There’s also a lot of room within the story to expand with novellas, so I have a feeling I’ll be living in Scott and April’s world for a while to come."

There is no release date on the second or third novels yet.

If you'd like to purchase this novel (it's only available in Kindle edition) then here's a link:

I give this novel 5/5 stars.

50 States Book Challenge (2015)

 So this was an idea that I came up with awhile ago on my bookstagram (@ncreads). I am aware that there are similar ideas, I didn't intend to copy anyone.

All you do is throughout 2015 you read a book for each state in the US. The novel has to be set in the state but it doesn't have to focus on the state.

For example: I used American Sniper by Chris Kyle for Texas even though the novel takes place, for the most part, over seas as he's at war. But he's located in Texas so I believe that it should count.

You can only use books that you read THIS year! No cheating and using previous books (unless you reread one).

If you decide to participate with me comment on this post and let me know!

If you have Instagram you can use the tag #50statesbookchallenge to keep track of your progress and follow mine.

I've added pictures of my list. As you can see I've only read five books that take place in the United States but I have a whole year to finish!

Let me know what you think!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

REVIEW: Spring Tide by K. Dicke
Publication date: March 15, 2015

“She’s here. I feel her.”
“Who’s here?”
“The one who’s mine.”

To the dismay of her family, Kris Edwards postpones college, despite a full-ride scholarship, and moves to the beach. She has a crazy feeling there’s something she has to find to figure out her life, and it’s at the coast.

She’s pretty sure that something isn’t Jericho, the too-hot surfer with amazing blue eyes. He’s way out of her league. And is that an actual electric spark that happens every time she touches him? She doesn’t have time for him—not with two jobs, a boozer neighbor, and her best friend’s stalker on the scene. Not to mention the weird black mist over the water or outside her workplace that no one seems to notice but her.

But there’s more to Jericho than Kris realizes, and she can’t blow him off so easily. He’s in tune with the magic of the tides, and only he knows of the evil that’s washed ashore and is coming for her. The closer Kris gets to him the more danger she’s in. But he can’t let her be—he’s been waiting years for her.

With Jericho by her side, Kris might find what she’s looking for. Or she might lose everything.

I read Spring Tide in on sitting, the novel had me that enthralled.

The (human) characters were very well written and I felt as though I could relate to all of them at one point or the other. Kris' friends added great humor to the story.

Kris herself was a great character! She was very witty and I honestly felt as if I knew her. She suffers from panic- like attacks and cleans to over come them which I feel is a very realistic situation given her past. The attacks weren't randomly thrown in either, each one came at a point as to move the story and add to it, not take away from the main plot line.

K. Dicke does an amazing job at keeping the readers on their toes throughout the entire novel. I felt as if each scene had a point and there weren't any clear "filler" scenes. Dicke keeps the suspense without it getting to the point of being too much.

I look forward to reading the sequel, Tidal Wave once it's released.

Rating: 4/5 stars. 

Monday, March 2, 2015

REVIEW: Southern Perfection by Casey Peeler

Life is full of choices: good, bad, and ones you can’t control.

Raegan strives to be perfect in every way. Varsity cheerleader, honor student, and proud granddaughter of Dover Lowery. By day, Raegan is an over-achieving high school student, but at three o’clock, her real work begins.

What happens when appearances are not what they seem? Will Raegan be able to hold on to her life as she knows it, or will she be left all alone? 

 All of these questions are answered with one night, one song, one story, and one boy.

Honestly, I expected this novel to be some ditsy, light hearted teen romance. Boy, was I surprised! Southern Perfection is a shoutout to the bond of family and the strength of love through the good and the bad.

There were some parts, mainly with Raegan and Em, that I thought were a little too cheesy but I still enjoyed this read and towards the end I had tears running down my face. Peeler did an amazing job of making the characters seem real and I felt every emotion that Raegan felt. 

This was the first I have read by Casey Peeler but I'll definitely be purchasing more from her in the future.

I rate this book 4/5 stars.