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.”

22 April 2015

Book Trailer: Flirting With Scandal by Chanel Cleeton

Title: Flirting with Scandal

Author: Chanel Cleeton

Release date: May 19, 2015, Penguin/InterMix

Series: Capital Confessions #1

Genre: Contemporary Romance

The author of I See London sets her sights on Washington, D. C., with a sexy new series about three sisters, the secrets they keep, and a powerful blog with a knack for exposing scandals...

Jackie Gardner knows all about dirty little secrets. The illegitimate daughter of one of the most influential senators in Washington, D.C., she grew up surrounded by the scandals and shadows of politics. Now that she's landed an internship with a powerful political consulting firm, she's determined to launch her career and take this city by storm.

William Andrew Clayton was born for politics. He knows the drill: work hard, play discreetly, and at all costs, avoid scandal. At twenty-six, his campaign for the Virginia State Senate is the first step to cementing his future. It's time for him to settle down, to find the perfect political spouse. He needs a Jackie Kennedy, not a Marilyn...

When Jackie meets Will in the bar of the Hay-Adams Hotel, sparks fly. But the last thing Will needs is to be caught in a compromising position, and an affair with a political candidate could cost Jackie her career. When what began as one steamy night, becomes a passion neither one of them can walk way from, they must decide if what they have is really love, or just another dirty little secret...

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Flirting with Scandal by Chanel Cleeton has it all. A sexy hero, strong heroine, delicious romance, sizzling tension, and plenty of breathtaking scandal. 
I loved this book!
New York Times bestselling author Monica Murphy

Scorching hot and wicked smart, Flirting with Scandal had me hooked from page one! Sizzling with sexual tension and political intrigue, Cleeton weaves a story that is as complex as it is sexy. Thank God this is a series because I need more!!
New York Times bestselling author Rachel Harris

Sexy, intelligent, and intriguing. Chanel Cleeton makes politics scandal-icious. 
USA Today bestselling author Tiffany King

Chanel Cleeton knocked it out of the park with Flirting with Scandal. The banter was refreshing, the political storyline captivating, and the sexual tension was through the roof. Smart, emotional, romantic, and sizzling hot--this book is fantastic!
- Christina Lee, author of the Between Breaths series

Chanel Cleeton delivers again! Featuring a strong heroine, a steamy romance, and juicy dose of political scandal, Flirting with Scandal is completely engrossing. Clear your calendars--you won't be able to put this one down! 
- Brenda St. John Brown, author of Swimming to Tokyo

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About the Author

Originally a Florida girl, CHANEL CLEETON moved to London where she received a bachelor’s degree from Richmond, The American International University in London and a master’s degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Chanel fell in love with London and planned to stay there forever, until fate intervened on a Caribbean cruise and a fighter pilot with smooth dance moves swept her off her feet. Now, a happily ever after later, Chanel is living her next adventure.
Law school made Chanel realize she’d rather spend her days writing sexy stories than in a courtroom, and she hasn’t looked back since. An avid reader and hopeless romantic, she’s happiest curled up with a book. She has a weakness for handbags, her three pups, and her husband. 

Chanel writes contemporary romances. She is published by Harlequin HQN, Penguin/InterMix, and Penguin/Berkley and is the author of the International School, Capital Confessions, and Wild Aces series.

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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.