Book Review: By Your Side by Kasie West

Title: By Your Side
Author: Kasie West
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication date: January 31st, 2017
Pages: 352
Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult, Romance

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When Autumn Collins finds herself accidentally locked in the library for an entire weekend, she doesn’t think things could get any worse. But that’s before she realizes that Dax Miller is locked in with her. Autumn doesn’t know much about Dax except that he’s trouble. Between the rumors about the fight he was in (and that brief stint in juvie that followed it) and his reputation as a loner, he’s not exactly the ideal person to be stuck with. Still, she just keeps reminding herself that it is only a matter of time before Jeff, her almost-boyfriend, realizes he left her in the library and comes to rescue her.

Only he doesn’t come. No one does.

Instead it becomes clear that Autumn is going to have to spend the next couple of days living off vending-machine food and making conversation with a boy who clearly wants nothing to do with her. Except there is more to Dax than meets the eye. As he and Autumn first grudgingly, and then not so grudgingly, open up to each other, Autumn is struck by their surprising connection. But can their feelings for each other survive once the weekend is over and Autumn’s old life, and old love interest, threaten to pull her from Dax’s side?

Mini Book Review: Slagside by Heidi Saevareid

Title: Slagside
Author: Heidi Saevareid
Publisher: Gyldendal
Publication date: 2016
Pages: 268
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance

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What do you do if you want to run away from yourself?

I'm one of those that never find the right words, one of those that freeze up, one of those that feels the rage building up inside of me, but never do anything about it, I just run away, I am so mad, I'm a coward, so much of a coward that I deserve to suffer the consequences.

Vilde goes to Bristol to take a year off school. She leaves everything behind in Norway, including her boyfriend Markus. In Bristol, she joins the martial art, Krav Maga and that's where she meets the weird and manipulative Fiona. It's an acquaintance that is destined, and it pushes Vilde into a corner.

A harsh and well-written novel about trying to live with yourself and your wrongdoings.

ARC Review: The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

Title: The Upside of Unrequited
Author: Becky Albertalli
Publisher: Blazer + Bray
Publication date: April 11, 2017
Pages: 352
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance

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Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love. No matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection. So she’s careful. Fat girls always have to be careful.

Then a cute new girl enters Cassie’s orbit, and for the first time ever, Molly’s cynical twin is a lovesick mess. Meanwhile, Molly's totally not dying of loneliness—except for the part where she is. Luckily, Cassie's new girlfriend comes with a cute hipster-boy sidekick. If Molly can win him over, she'll get her first kiss and she'll get her twin back.

There's only one problem: Molly's coworker, Reid. He's a chubby Tolkien superfan with a season pass to the Ren Faire, and there's absolutely no way Molly could fall for him.

Right?

Book Review: The Demon Hunters by Sissel Chipman

Title: The Demon Hunters (Stone Circle Series #6)
Author: Sissel Chipman
Publisher: Gyldendal
Publication date: 2015
Pages: 424
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Action

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Julie is a shapeshifter. She can transform into a black panther, and she wants to travel to other worlds where there are more shifters like here. And she wants to bring Henrik along. But he has decided to never use is ability to shift into a wolf, ever again. Julie can't accept that, so she opens a portal and sets out on another journey. She is aware how dangerous it is, and she knows that if she continues to travel she will one day not be able to travel back home. But she knows that THIS journey will not be her last.

And when she's gone, Henrik has to make an impossible choice. He is the only one who knows where she went, and he is risking his own life if he follows her.

Two young people, manipulating elves, simple-minded knights, vulnerable unicorns and life threatening shape shifters - an exciting, action filled and a notch more violent fantasy novel by Sissel Chipman.

Book Review: Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Title: Caraval (Caraval #1)
Author: Stephanie Garber
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Publication date: January 31, 2017
Pages: 407
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance

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Whatever you've heard about Caraval, it doesn't compare to the reality. It's more than just a game or a performance. It's the closest you'll ever find to magic in this world . . . 

Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the far-away, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nevertheless becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever.

Top Ten Tuesday #17: All About Romance Types

Today's Topic; Top Ten Favourite Star-Crossed Lovers

Monthly Recap: January 2017

January 2017
January is over, and we're already halfway through February which probably makes you wonder why I'm publishing my #monthlyrecap now, well as the saying goes: better late than never.

Book Review: Dirty Bad Savage by Jade West

Title: Dirty Bad Savage (Dirty Bad #2)
Author: Jade West
Publisher: CrateSpace
Publication date: June 9, 2015
Pages: 258
Genre: Erotica, Adult Fiction, Romance

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They say Callum Jackson's a savage.
No home. No prospects. No self-restraint.
He's red-flagged on my system, a grade-1 aggression risk, totally off limits for a woman like me.
But the rules don't allow for my dangerous games; they don't bend for my twisted desires.
Callum Jackson is the most beautiful beast.
A beast I can't stop thinking about, can't stop wanting, can't stop hunting...
... I just pray to God this beast bites.

Sophia Harding runs a tight ship. She may work in the dregs of housing association slums, but her patch is on the way up.
Anti-social behaviour is down, employment is on the rise, and she's even been shortlisted for estate manager of the year.
It's looking good. Really good. Until Callum Jackson completes his jail time and lands right back on her doorstep.
She could do without a guy like him on her books: a failure of the system and a pain in the fucking ass.
She should tick the boxes, do her job and keep her distance – that's what the handbook says. The handbook says no one-on-one contact, no at-risk situations, no direct confrontation of any kind.
But the handbook doesn't know of her craving for hardcore submission.
The handbook has no fucking idea how she yearns to unleash Jackson at club Explicit, where his savage can really run wild.
The handbook doesn't know shit... 

Top Ten Tuesday #16: Top Ten Books I Wish Had More

Today's Topic; ... Action In Them
The biggest problem I have with books that I don't give a full pot with, are their lack of action. Books that makes me drool because. Nothing. Is. Happening. Now, action doesn't need to fill the whole book. But things need to happen. If a book looses my interest, I already know that book wont be a favourite. And these are some of the books that made me drool.

Audiobook Review: These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

Title: These Broken Stars (Starbound #1)
Author: Amie Kaufman & Meagan SpoonerPublisher: Disney Hyperion
Publication date: December 10, 2013
Pages: 374
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Romance

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Luxury spaceliner Icarus suddenly plummets from hyperspace into the nearest planet. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen survive – alone. Lilac is the daughter of the richest man in the universe. Tarver comes from nothing, a cynical war hero. Both journey across the eerie deserted terrain for help. Everything changes when they uncover the truth.

The Starbound Trilogy: Three worlds. Three love stories. One enemy.

Top Ten Tuesday #15: Top Ten Graphic Novels/Comics

Today's Topic; ... On My TBR

To be honest, graphic novels/comics is something I rarely read due to the fact that I never think about it. This is definitely something I would love to change, so I have picked out a few graphic novels that I'd love to read in the near future!

Book Review: Dirty Bad Wrong by Jade West

Title: Dirty bad Wrong
Author: Jade West
Publisher: CrateSpace
Publication date: March 5, 2015
Pages: 264
Genre: Erotica, Adult Fiction, Romance

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Lydia Marsh is always the strong one. The girl who never breaks, and sure as hell never cries. She's got it all - the perfect little life in cosy suburbia, with her perfectly nice boyfriend, and their perfectly sufficient sex life. She's even got her perfect little career plan all wrapped up at Trial Run Software Group.

But when it all falls apart, and Lydia's pretty, green eyes are fixed on a brutally sexual stranger - the man they call Masque - she comes to suspect that being strong isn't all it's cracked up to be.

For now Lydia wants something she's never wanted before...

And she wants Masque to give it to her.

Warning - this novel contains graphic sex, and hardcore elements of BDSM. There are scenes of violence (consensual) as well as sexual practices some readers may find offensive.

Top Ten Tuesday #14: Top Ten Series I'd Like to Start

Today's Topic; ... But Haven't Yet

Here's the thing: I have a love/hate relationship with book series. Why? There is always that one bad seed in there. And that bad seed often ruins some part of the series. It happens more often that I'd like to admit, but then again I am always prepared. I always go in with an open mind whenever I start a new series. And here are some of the series I've been dreading to read after hearing about the bad seed!

ARC Review: Geekerella by Ashley Poston

Title: Geekerella
Author: Ashley Poston
Publisher: Quirk Books
Publication date: April 4, 2017
Pages: 320
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance

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Geek girl Elle Wittimer lives and breathes Starfield, the classic sci-fi series she grew up watching with her late father. So when she sees a cosplay contest for a new Starfield movie, she has to enter. The prize? An invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball, and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. With savings from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck (and her dad’s old costume), Elle’s determined to win…unless her stepsisters get there first.

Teen actor Darien Freeman used to live for cons—before he was famous. Now they’re nothing but autographs and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Carmindor is all he’s ever wanted, but Starfield fandom has written him off as just another dumb heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, Darien feels more and more like a fake—until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise. But when she disappears at midnight, will he ever be able to find her again?

Part romance, part love letter to nerd culture, and all totally adorbs, Geekerella is a fairy tale for anyone who believes in the magic of fandom.

Book Review: Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Title: Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1)
Author: Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Publication date: October 10, 2015
Pages: 599
Genre: Science Fiction, Young Adult, Romance

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This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do.

This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet's AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it's clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she'd never speak to again.

Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.

Book Review: Air Awakens by Elise Kova

Title: Air Awakens
Author: Elise Kova
Publisher: Silver Wing Press
Publication date: August 27, 2015
Pages: 377
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance

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A library apprentice, a sorcerer prince, and an unbreakable magic bond...

The Solaris Empire is one conquest away from uniting the continent, and the rare elemental magic sleeping in seventeen-year-old library apprentice Vhalla Yarl could shift the tides of war.

Vhalla has always been taught to fear the Tower of Sorcerers, a mysterious magic society, and has been happy in her quiet world of books. But after she unknowingly saves the life of one of the most powerful sorcerers of them all—the Crown Prince Aldrik—she finds herself enticed into his world. Now she must decide her future: Embrace her sorcery and leave the life she’s known, or eradicate her magic and remain as she’s always been. And with powerful forces lurking in the shadows, Vhalla’s indecision could cost her more than she ever imagined.

Top Ten Tuesday #13: Top Ten 2016 Releases I Meant To Read

Today's Topic; ... But Didn't Get To (But TOTALLY plan to)

2016 was a great year for books, and I know 2017 will be an even better one. But due to the large amount of new releases, I'm not able to read them all (which really speaks to the quite "so many books, so little time"). But I plan to do a lot of catching up this year, since I plan on reading a 100 books and I own a kindle now. Which means more hardcovers for my bookshelf!

Book Review: Too Late by Colleen Hoover

Title: Too Late
Author: Colleen Hoover
Publisher: Wattpad
Publication date: 2016
Pages: 395
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary

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Sloan will go through hell and back for her little brother. And she does, every single night.

Forced to remain in a relationship with the dangerous and corrupt Asa Jackson, Sloan will do whatever it takes to make sure her brother has what he needs.

Nothing will get in her way.

Nothing except Carter.

Sloan is the only good thing to ever happen to Asa. He knows this and he never plans on letting her go; even if she doesn't approve of his lifestyle. But despite Sloan's disapproval,
Asa knows what it takes to get what he wants. He knows what he needs to do to remain on top.

Nothing will get in his way.

Nothing except Carter.