Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books on my Winter TBR

   

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish where each week they post a new top ten list and ask fellow bloggers to share their lists on that topic.

This weeks Top Ten Tuesday topic is: Top Ten Books on my Winter TBR.

I love making season to read lists, normally I'm not that great in reading many books from my list being the mood reader that I am, but I just had a look at my Top Ten post from last year's Winter tbr and I actually ended up reading 8 out of the 12 books. So here's hoping that I'll be able to tackle most of them from this pile of 12 again! 




 



Being the reader that I am I usually pre-order all the books I'm dying to read, but never end up reading them for ages afterwards. So above are the eight books I have copies of and I'm hoping to read this Winter!

And here are a few of my review books that I'm hoping to tackle! I have heard brilliant things about A Thousand Pieces of You, Snow Like Ashes and The Body Electric so can't wait! Also I love The Bone Season, so will probably be diving in pretty soon! 




Which books made it your Top Ten List today? And are there any of the books above you that you think I should read first?


Sunday, 23 November 2014

Showcase Sunday: #63


Showcase Sunday is a weekly meme hosted by Vicky at Books, Biscuits and Tea. The aim is to showcase our newest books or book related swag and to see what everyone else received for review, borrowed from libraries, bought in bookshops and downloaded onto eReaders this week.  


Hi guys, I hope you've had an awesome week! I (Jasprit) was excited about watching Mockingjay, but my local cinema was fully booked for the weekend like by Wednesday! So I'm going to try and book the tickets for next weekend! Has anyone seen the movie already? And if so what are your thoughts so far? This week was another great week in terms of book hauls, Edelweiss put some amazing titles up on my birthday and I have the lovely Siiri and Rashika to thank for The Art of Lainey, Exquisite Captive and Afterworlds and The Crown of Embers respectively. Also how awesome does Sarah Alderson's new book sound? And I know that I'm totally going to devour Kirby's newest read, it sounds like something I'm going to love. And everyone I know seems to be loving Mcfarlane's books, so I had no qualms in purchasing It's Not Me, It's You. 


Jasprit's Haul:
(Click on Title for Goodreads link) 

Conspiracy Girl Things We Know by Heart It’s Not Me, It’s You





Rachel's Haul:
(Click on title for Goodreads link)

The Restorer (Graveyard Queen, #1) Worth the Risk (The McKinney Brothers, #2) Vision in Silver (The Others, #3) I'm Dreaming of an Undead Christmas (Half-Moon Hollow, #2.7) 


Thank you to Loveswept, Roc, Pocket Star, Audible, Signet, Edelweiss and Netgalley!

Two books had me doing a happy dance when I saw the approval in my inbox: Vision in Silver by Anne Bishop and Worth the Risk by Claudia Connor.  I LOVE Anne Bishops' series The Others and so I'm so thrilled to get the third installment! Worth the Fall by Claudia Connor was a romance that stole my heart so I can't wait to read Worth the Risk the second in the series! I'm Dreaming of an Undead Christmas is actually FREE on Audible, but I got a copy from the publisher as well. The only drawback is that if you haven't read the first book in the series, The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires, the story won't make much sense. I borrowed the audio copy of Low Pressure by Sandra Brown from the library.

We'd love to know which books made it to your haul this week, so please link us up in the comments below!

Friday, 21 November 2014

Review: The Heist by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg

The Heist by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg
Publisher: Bantam
Publication Date: June 18th 2013
My rating: 3 stars 


FBI Special Agent Kate O’Hare is known for her fierce dedication and discipline on the job, chasing down the world’s most wanted criminals and putting them behind bars. Her boss thinks she is tenacious and ambitious; her friends think she is tough, stubborn, and maybe even a bit obsessed. And while Kate has made quite a name for herself for the past five years, the only name she’s cared about is Nicolas Fox—an international crook she wants in more ways than one. Audacious, handsome, and dangerously charming, Nicolas Fox is a natural con man, notorious for running elaborate scams on very high-profile people. At first he did it for the money. Now he does it for the thrill. He knows that the FBI has been hot on his trail—particularly Kate O’Hare, who has been watching his every move. For Nick, there’s no greater rush than being pursued by a beautiful woman . . . even one who aims to lock him up. But just when it seems that Nicolas Fox has been captured for good, he pulls off his greatest con of all: he convinces the FBI to offer him a job, working side by side with Special Agent Kate O’Hare. Problem is, teaming up to stop a corrupt investment banker who’s hiding on a private island in Indonesia is going to test O’Hare’s patience and Fox’s skill. Not to mention the skills of their ragtag team made up of flamboyant actors, wanted wheelmen, and Kate’s dad. High-speed chases, pirates, and Toblerone bars are all in a day’s work . . . if O’Hare and Fox don’t kill each other first.

Ever since I read Pros and Cons earlier this year, I wanted to get properly stuck in with the rest of this series. Firstly because I am a huge fan of stories which feature antagonistic characters and trust me you can’t get more antagonistic than FBI agent Kate O’Hare and con man Nicolas Fox. Kate’s been on Nick’s case for the last five years and despite being able to fraud his way through so much, there’s just something so charming about him that sort of doesn’t make you feel bad for allowing him to outwit you and escape once more. I loved reading about this cat and mouse game between the two of them in Pros and Cons, so was interested in seeing how things would go down in this book now that they would be working together, would Kate be able to fully trust Nick? And what about all that sexual tension between them could they finally put that behind them too?

When the idea of Nick working for the FBI was first proposed, like Kate I thought this was some sort of joke, yes Nick was a really intelligent man, but how could they know that he wouldn’t just leave them in the lurch? Kate had to put her trust in a man, she had been chasing for the last five years, trust him that he could come up with a team to bring this corrupt investment banker down. And let me just say Nick was able to take away any doubt I had regarding his real true intentions very early on. I loved the variety of characters with their specialised areas of knowledge that Nick was able to bring in the mix, they were such a quirky bunch, but together were able to put together a very clever plan of bringing down this investment blunder. It was a lot of fun watching this plan unfold especially as it did include a lot of characters going out of their comfort zone! Watching Kate become this seductress induced many laugh out loud moments.

Nick’s plan was very complex and elaborate, and at times I did think that it would fail, but Nick knew exactly what he was doing. Overall I thoroughly enjoyed The Heist, my only complaint is that I would have loved to see more boundaries of the sexual tension between Nick and Kate being crossed, these small bits that we got I loved, so here’s hoping that there will be a lot more in the next book!



Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Review & Giveaway: Made For You by Melissa Marr

Made For You by Melissa Marr
Publisher: Harper Collins
Publication date: September 16th 2014
My rating: 4 stars 
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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18755773-better-homes-and-hauntings

Bestselling author of the Wicked Lovely books Melissa Marr’s first contemporary YA novel is a twisted southern gothic tale of obsession, romance, and murder. A killer is obsessed with Eva Tilling. Can she stop him, or will he claim her?

When Eva Tilling wakes up in the hospital, she’s confused—who in her sleepy little North Carolina town could have hit her with their car? And why? But before she can consider the question, she finds that she’s awoken with a strange new skill: the ability to foresee people’s deaths when they touch her. While she is recovering from the hit-and-run, Nate, an old flame, reappears, and the two must traverse their rocky past as they figure out how to use Eva’s power to keep her friends—and themselves—alive. But while Eva and Nate grow closer, the killer grows increasingly frantic in his attempt to get to Eva.

For the first time, New York Times bestselling author Melissa Marr has applied her extraordinary talent to contemporary realism. Chilling twists, unrequited obsession, and high-stakes romance drive this Gothic, racy thriller—a story of small-town oppression and salvation. Melissa’s fans, and every YA reader, will find its wild ride enthralling.


My Thoughts:
Made For You was creepy as heck! BUT it was also a story of longing and unrequited love! I’m such a sucker for those!

Eva Telling is part of the elite in the small southern town of Jessup but that doesn’t protect her from the brutal attempt on her life.  When she’s struck down by a car and left for dead, she has no recollection of what happened.  Waking up in the hospital, cut and broken, she has no idea who would do this to her. Even more chilling is the fact that since waking up she seems to have the ability to see a person’s death if they touch her.  When her estranged best friend, Nate, shows up at the hospital and sticks to her side the time they’ve spent apart evaporates, but the longtime longing Eva’s felt for him intensifies.  Nate’s protective and supportive, and it’s a good thing because this deranged killer isn’t finished with Eva.

When she “sees” the death of her friends Eva does what she can to prevent them while trying to identify the killer in the process.  As she picks out clues from her visions, with Nate’s help, they hope to get an advantage over the killer and stop the deaths until he’s caught.

This is one seriously creepy read, because we are privy to the killer’s SERIOUSLY cuckoo thoughts through his POV!  To know there are actually people out there in real life like this killer made this story bone chilling.  Someone you’re acquainted with now could have these very thoughts and you wouldn’t know until it’s possibly too late is an unsettling thought, to put it mildly, and this is exactly what happens to Eva and her friends!  Thankfully, most of the book is in Eva’s POV, because I don’t think I could be in his head the entire book!

While Made For You had a very realistic contemporary feel, there still was a touch of the uncanny with Eva’s “death visions”.  I would categorize this as part thriller, part mystery and part romance, with emphasis on the thriller part.  I was on the edge of my seat wondering when and how the killer would strike next and the visions show he definitely wasn’t done killing! I liked the logical approach Eva took throughout the story.  No unbelievably stupid actions on her part, withholding of secrets or lack of communication issues that I find completely frustrating in many of YA’s are found in this tale! *sighs in relief* Eva was a sensible protagonist I found easy to connect to.

As for the romance, as I said I’m a sucker for unrequited love, especially between best friends.  Add in the longing that comes from wanting from afar, like we have with Eva and Nate, and I NEED their love to work out!  Facing death these two have no use for sidestepping their obvious long held feelings, still, there was a gradual, tentative progression with their relationship.  Loved it!

Melissa Marr weaved a disturbing thriller with a swoony romance all in one exciting story! Can’t wait to see what she comes up with next!






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Monday, 17 November 2014

Review: Ashes to Ashes by Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivian

Ashes to Ashes by Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivan
Publisher: Simon & Schuster's Children's Publishing
Publication Date: September 16th 2014
My rating: 4 stars

 

What have I just read? Seriously Burn for Burn was a brilliant start to this wonderful series and Fire for Fire just made me so happy, but also ripped me to shreds. With Ashes to Ashes I just wanted to hug the book but also throw it across the other room. Basically the same feelings I had a year ago were dredged up once more.

It was great being back with my favourite characters once more, yes their lives had been thoroughly shook up since the last book and I wanted to know how everyone had been coping with it. Of course things had gone downhill way than I’d expected, I don’t want to discuss spoilers, but if you’re a fan of this series you’ll know what I’m referring to within the first four chapters. Honestly it broke my heart, I knew that the only way a lot of the characters would get through this would be in the comfort of each other, and that’s what I wanted, I wanted them to go back to the way things were before. But I knew that would never happen, especially with one character stirring everything up, I disliked this character in previous books, I didn’t really want to spend time with her chapters either and it was the same again this time around, but this time she either just had me in full on vex mode or with my heart in my throat.  Honestly I think this person would be scariest person to be around Halloween, I would never like to cross paths with her, I know that she had been through her fair share, but if everyone else was moving on why did she have to come and wreck everything? I think she would need to listen to the frozen song Let it Go a few times. Along with this character I only had one other irk (highlight to view spoiler) the ending, seriously Han and Vivian, I had never wanted a happy ending in my life that I had for these characters, I wanted Kat to go to Oberlin, Alex to find his special one, maybe Kat? And Reeve and Lil to be together, did you see how much build up you gave me in this book, but only to crush my heart in the process, I thought with things being sorted with Mary, everyone would be fine, but that ending just about destroyed me. Okay let’s just pretend that didn’t happen, I’ve actually already suppressed it. Moving on there were some delightful moments that brightened up the crushing heart moments, scenes which left me with a dopey grin on my face and left me re-reading some scenes over and over again.

Han and Vivian did a wonderful job with this book, in fact this entire series never has one of these books let me down, they were the sole destroying, punch in the heart,  butterfly creating books that I have come to love and hold close to my heart. You’re probably asking Jasprit are you feeling alright?  But honestly books which evoke this many strong emotions are my go to books as they’re the ones that end up leaving a great mark on me amongst the 100 or so books I read a year, they’re the ones which have characters which you wished existed in real life and whom you’re actually tearing up about having saying goodbye to, the ones that anyone touches a hair on their head, you would like to go into a hulk smash mode for. This series was one that tore and sewn my heart back together multiple times, but it’s a series that I have no regrets over reading. Any books that Han and Vivian write in the future (can we have more collaborations please?) I know I will be pre-ordering immediately!



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