30 April 2015

Review: Fractured by Teri Terry

Kyla has been Slated—her personality wiped blank, her memories lost to her forever.

Or so she thought.

She shouldn't be able to remember anything. But increasingly she can—and she’s discovering that there are a lot of dark secrets locked away in her memories.

When a mysterious man from her past comes back into her life and wants her help, she thinks she’s on her way to finding the truth. But this new knowledge lands her in the middle of a tug-of-war between two dangerous adversaries, and despite her misgivings about both of them, she’s forced to choose a side for her own protection. 


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5 Words: Control, revenge, punishment, memories, strength.

This book is not just as good as the first book, it's better! This series is going from strength to strength.

There was a hint in the first book about the whole Slated process, and how it wasn't just criminals but also people who elected to be Slated, and I'm a little disappointed that it wasn't followed up in this book. Fingers crossed for the next?

This book started to delve deeper into the the characters and open up your eyes to who they truly were.

It had an excellent, fast pace and I loved how I was slowly realising the truth about Kyla even as it slowly dawned on her.

I totally get the hype about this series, so now I'm humming and hawing about reading the next. Because then the series will be over. And if it follows on being even better than the previous books the I'm sure it'll leave me Shattered.



29 April 2015

Tour & Review: Book Club by Jaime Boust

Celebrity Kidnappings, the Kama Sutra, Russian Mobsters, Congolese Shimmer Frogs...

Book Club is a time to drink wine, to live vicariously through erotic fiction, and pay lip service to one’s life goals. The club's founder wants to be a writer but can’t find her story. Billie is the virgin mailwoman who doesn't know if she’s gay or straight. Ashleigh is the beautiful housewife who can’t get pregnant by her philandering husband, and Marissa is the high-powered executive who has sacrificed her own family for a stressful job that makes her miserable.

They meet once a month, updating their dream boards guided by the self-help book du jour, but nothing ever changes. Until Marissa’s mysterious sister arrives and shakes the women into action.


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5 Words: Friendship, family, excitement, books, wine.

This book was a great, quick read and honestly not at all what I expected.

Bookclub is fast paced and a little bit crazy. Even the tone it's written in is excitable and you just get sucked in. Sure, there are a few slightly unbelievable elements, but this is fiction.

I loved the characters and the journey of self-discovery they went on, how they had all changed by the end. And I loved all of the fun they had while they were doing it. The drunk scenes were hilarious.

This was such fun to read and I'd recommend it to anyone looking for something to pass the time. It's full of the feel-good factor.



28 April 2015

Top Ten Tuesday #31

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and is a chance for everyone to get to know fellow bloggers and share lists. I love lists. Every week is a different list.

This week is Top Ten Books Which Feature Characters Who... Totally Kick Ass.

What a hard decision to make! So I decided to pick characters who totally kick ass. The ones that I read about and who are so incredibly strong in so many ways that I just want to be them. Please. Only lets not have the bad things happen to me, I'm really a delicate Rhopalocera Bibliophilia. Ahem.

So keep an eye out for familiar faces because I can't get enough of kick-ass characters so they, and the books in which they feature, tend to pop up on my TTT lists quite often.

  • Lockwood & Co by Jonathan Stroud
  • Slated by Teri Terry
  • Stalking Sappire by Mia Thompson
  • Shades of London by Maureen Johnson
  • Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
  • The Black Magician's Trilogy by Trudi Canavan
  • Bruce and Bennett by Valerie Laws
  • Pirates! by Celia Rees
  • Vampire Academy by Rachelle Mead
  • The Parasol Protectorate by Gail Carriger
And in the place of honour as my favourite and most kick-ass character EVER?

Celaena Sardothien from Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas


  

“You could rattle the stars," she whispered. "You could do anything, if only you dared. And deep down, you know it, too. That’s what scares you most.”


21 April 2015

Top Ten Tuesday #30

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and is a chance for everyone to get to know fellow bloggers and share lists. I love lists. Every week is a different list.

This week is Top Ten ALL TIME Favourite Authors.

It only took me a minute or so to have a list of 20+ written down, and a further ten minutes to cull it down to just 10. What a challenges! So here are my top ten authors of all time. And links to their Goodreads pages. And my favourite book(s) by each of them.


What about you? Do any particular authors take pride of place on your shelves?



17 April 2015

Review: Slated by Teri Terry


Kyla’s memory has been erased, her personality wiped blank, her memories lost for ever.

She’s been Slated.

The government claims she was a terrorist and that they are giving her a second chance - as long as she plays by their rules. But echoes of the past whisper in Kyla’s mind. Someone is lying to her, and nothing is as it seems. Who can she trust in her search for the truth?


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5 Words: Crime, discrimination, second chances, love.

Absolutely amazing.

This book has had some very mixed reviews, but I am so glad I gave it a chance. Because it was amazing.

I loved the idea behind the story, and how as a reader you were always slightly in the dark - you only knew what Kyla knew, and that was often very confused.

Slated is not straightforward. There are a lot of different things going on and my perceptions of the characters changed a lot.

This book left a lot of questions unanswered, but it is the first in a trilogy and rather than being frustrated I'm just itching for the next one. I can't wait to read on. Because just enough was answered to keep you reading on and not just throw the book down.