Thursday, 2 October 2014

HOP Giveaway: Books to Movies

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Books to Movies Giveaway Hop
October 2nd to 10th
Co-hosted by I am a Reader, Not a Writer and Bookhounds

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Review: Forever Kinda Love by Clara Stone

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Forever Kinda Love
Clara Stone

Lovelly #1

Life’s. Little. Surprises.

The last thing seven-year-old Carrigan "Ace" Casper foresaw was an eight-year-old Heath Lovelly walking into her life the day her mother died. From that moment on, Heath sticks by her side, slowly becoming her strength, her confidant, and her entire world. What she doesn’t know is, she's his saving grace, too.

Ten years later, Ace is handed another crippling challenge that threatens everything in her almost perfect life. Only, this time, she doesn't turn to Heath, hiding the truth instead. But Heath knows Ace too well and won't back down easily. He's ready to do whatever it takes and will stay by her side until she accepts that their love is the kinda love worth fighting for.

Will he be her forever triumph or her unexpected downfall?

Two lives.

One story.

And an unexpected journey to falling in love.

My Review

I found out about Forever Kinda Love when Stone sent me a tentative message on Twitter all, 'wanna review my book?' I'm very picky when it comes to agreeing to review requests, wanting to be sure that I'll enjoy it - because no one wants to be reading a book they're not enjoying. So I got myself a sample of the book and gave it a squizy before replying. It only took 3 chapters to have me hooked. I got to the end of the sample and I was like, 'I MUST HAVE MORE!' I have to thank Stone for her quick response and emailing me her novel within 15 minutes. This made me a very happy little book worm. I finished the book that night.

The novel is written in a switching POV of Ace and Heath. They both have a distinct voices and personalities that made it feel as if you are getting two stories for the price of one. It's full of usual high school drama you expect from a story about a cheerleader and star athlete, however it was refreshing for sport to be lacross rather than the usual football.

The writing I found to be engaging, however I found myself confused from time to time, unsure of what, exactly, was happening in the scene. I think it might've had something to do with information occasionally just been thrown at the reader without any preamble, making me feel off-balance.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading Forever Kinda Love. However, there is one this that really bugged me. Heath's and Carrigan's nicknames are never explained. Never. I mean, I could understand that if they'd been like 'Carry' or somthing - but 'Iceman' and 'Ace'? An explanation would've been nice. Just sayin'.

Forever Kinda Love is a heartwarming story of best friends, love, and loss. Stone manages to find the perfect balance between humour, aww-moments, and serious real-life problems.

4 out of 5

Monday, 29 September 2014

Binge Reading

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So, I'm currently day 7 into my mid-semester break. What I love about it is FINALLY being able to catch up on all the reading that I can't manage to fit in between assignments.

So far, I have read 7 books this break.

3 of those were in one day . . . That's something that I don't think I've managed before.

The problem with me doing binge reading like this is that I just jump from one book to the next, too caught up in my excitement to remember that I need to write reviews for at least SOME of them.

Which leaves me sitting in front of my laptop 3 days and 2 books later trying to write a review, and I can't remember what I wanted to write about anymore. I think I need to aim to write reviews right after I finish reading the book and BEFORE I start reading another one...

Does anyone else have this problem?

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Cover Reveal: Tempting Fate by Brinda Berry

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Tempting Fate
Brinda Berry

A Serendipity Novel #2

Coming October 1st 2014

When two worlds collide, it can only be fate.

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Book Blitz: Garret by Allie Everhart | Giveaway + Excerpt

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The Book

Allie Everhart

A Jade Series Novel

Published September 19th 2014

This full-length novel is Garret’s point of view from CHOOSING YOU (The Jade Series #1).

My life is nothing but rules. Rules for how I act. How I dress. Who I date. Who my friends are. I hate the rules and yet I keep following them. Until I met Jade. Being with her is forbidden. She’s not one of us. She’s not allowed in my world. But I don’t care. She’s different and I like her and I want her. And the fact that she wants nothing to do with me makes me want her even more.
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