Friday, 22 June 2018

Review - Clean by Juno Dawson




Title: Clean
Author: Juno Dawson
Pages: 400
Publisher: Quercus Children's Books
Release Date: 5th April 2018

Blurb from Goodreads: 

When socialite Lexi Volkov almost overdoses, she thinks she's hit rock bottom. 

She's wrong. Rock bottom is when she's forced into an exclusive rehab facility. 

From there, the only way is up for Lexi and her fellow inmates, including the mysterious Brady.

As she faces her demons, Lexi realises love is the most powerful drug of all ...

It's a dirty business getting clean.

Addiction and redemption, love and despair. Clean will have you hooked from the first page.
 













My Review:
 
*I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Hachette Children's Group and NetGalley*




Heiress and party girl Lexi Volkov spends her days shopping, partying, drinking and doing drugs.
When she almost overdoses, Lexi is taken to a rehab facility in the middle of nowhere with a group of other troubled teens.
Lexi has a boyfriend back in London but she soon finds herself growing close to Brady.
Can Lexi admit she has a problem?
Will she be able to stay clean?


Lexi Volkov is the kind of girl I would avoid if we were at the same school. Despite this, I liked reading from her perspective. For a seventeen-year-old, Lexi had gone through a lot. I enjoyed reading as she developed.
The plot was interesting and held my attention. The rehab scenes felt realistic.
The writing style was easy to follow but it didn't grip me.
I liked the diversity of the characters. Kendall and Ruby were my favourites.
The romance wasn't one of my favourites but I didn't dislike it.
This is probably my favourite of the books I've read by Juno Dawson.


Overall this was an enjoyable read.



 

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Book Blitz + Giveaway - Escape Forbidden (Aberrant Prequel) by Ruth Silver


Escape Forbidden (Aberrant Prequel) by Ruth Silver
Publication date: June 15th 2018
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult


Fight to stay alive. 
The Gravelands are a dangerous place.  
In a world of uncertainty, Cora Manning knows one thing without a doubt: getting into Genesis will offer her a brighter future.  

When the intake coordinator agrees to let her in because of her genetic makeup, Cora discovers the promised city of utopia is nothing like she imagined.  

The rebellion has begun. 










EXCERPT

“Sit,” Noelle said and gestured toward the cot positioned on the floor.
Without much thought I wandered over and stretched out to lie down. Had it not been a trying day and with bombings outside, I’d have opted to go home or at the very least refused special treatment. That was what Noelle offered me, wasn’t it?
“You don’t have to stay here all night,” I said. It felt weird to be watched as I slept. “If I need anything, I can let you know. Or I mean, whoever stays.” I didn’t want to assume she wouldn’t go home either. I shut my eyes and relaxed against the cot. It wasn’t the most comfortable bed I’d been in, but it beat the straw in the barn.
“Toby and I will alternate, unless your fever breaks. Then we’ll both go home and let you sleep in peace.”
Hearing her words was enough to help me relax. “Okay,” I mumbled. If only I had the ability to control my own body temperature.
Noelle shut off the lights which helped ease the throbbing pulse behind my eyes. The distant wail of the siren ceased. Had it ended? Was everyone safe? I took momentary comfort in the quiet of Noelle’s office and allowed myself to fall asleep.
During the night, I heard the door whine and I attempted to roll over, only half cognizant of where I was. The cot groaned beneath me and I felt the warmth of metal against my cheek.
“Wake up, little girl,” an unfamiliar voice said, and I heard the distinctive click of the safety released from a gun.
My eyes flashed open, staring up at the intruder, the gun tight against my skin. How would I get out of this mess?







Author Bio

Ruth Silver enjoys reading, traveling, writing, photography, boardgames, and playing with her dogs.
REFUGE FORBIDDEN (Aberrant Book 4) by Ruth Silver will be available June 29, 2018.
  
She also writes adult romance under the name Allison West.















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Monday, 18 June 2018

Book Blitz + Giveaway - When Time Stands Still by Sara Furlong Burr



When Time Stands Still by Sara Furlong Burr
Publication date: June 15th 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance


It’s been nearly a decade since Elle Sloan last saw Luke Hutchins. Close to ten years since she broke up with him over a single phone call, providing him with little explanation. Since the end of their relationship, Elle has done everything she could do to move on, marrying, proceeding forward with her life, almost allowing herself to completely forget about Luke.

Almost.

Out of nowhere, Elle receives a phone call from Luke’s mother. Luke has been in a horrific car accident and, a month later, has just awoken from a coma. However, instead of celebrating, his family is stunned to learn that Luke is suffering from amnesia and only remembers his life as it was before his breakup with Elle. Not wanting to tell Luke that he and Elle aren’t together anymore for fear it may compromise his recovery, Elle is asked by Luke’s family to come to the hospital to see him. Their hope is that she will slowly be able to jog his memory and cushion the blow.

Guilt-ridden over how their relationship ended, Elle readily agrees, finding herself transported back in time with Luke to the life they once shared and the future they could have had together.















EXCERPT



I heard voices even before I stepped inside of the room. They were soft, but one by one, I was able to discern who was speaking. The first voice struck me like a freight train, catapulting me further back in time with each word he spoke. The second one made my heart skip a beat.

As I walked farther into the room, I saw another vision of my past sitting next to the hospital bed. His attention, at first, was entirely focused on the occupant in the bed, until movement from me diverted his attention to me. He locked eyes with me, surprise on his face quickly turning to an odd combination of contradiction. Anger, excitement, and
suspicion all appeared to be waging war and were enough to give me whiplash just looking at him. Peter Monroe—or just Monroe, as he preferred to be called—had been Luke’s best friend since pretty much the dawn of each other’s existence. He’d aged. His boyish good looks had hardened into a man who would have been difficult to recognize to me, save for the same square chin, overly large nose, and mischievous eyes I had remembered so fondly.

Another step inside the room revealed a sight I had fought valiantly to keep from infiltrating my dreams for the last several years. Like Monroe, he didn’t notice my arrival at first, and I was grateful for that because the shock I was feeling at that moment would have undoubtedly transferred onto him. His head was turned, his eyes, from what I could see of them, were closed. Most of his features were facing Monroe, but from what little I could make out of them, he looked exactly how I remembered him. The rest of his body, however, was a different story.

His hair had begun to grow back after having obviously been recently shaved to prep him for surgery. On the side of his head that was visible to me, a bandage was secured to his scalp just above his ear and was wrapped around his head. Both of his legs had been broken and were secured with immobilizers, resembling large boots. He’d been through hell and back physically, and I feared he’d soon go through the same emotionally, all because of me.

Tears fell down my face before I even had the chance to realize they had formed. Not wanting Luke to see me upset, I dabbed my eyes with my sleeve and did my best to maintain my composure before he realized I was there. With a lump in my throat, I took a step closer to the bed, approaching it on the opposite side of Monroe. There another chair sat, which I was grateful for in the event my legs felt like they were going to give out on me. Monroe sat watching me expectantly, silently screaming at me to announce my presence and put an end to the torment Luke must have been going through since regaining consciousness.

Closing my eyes, I took a breath and spoke. “Luke.”













Author Bio



Sara “Furlong” Burr was born and raised in Michigan and currently still lives there with her husband, two daughters, a high-strung Lab, and three judgmental cats. When she’s not writing, Sara enjoys reading, camping, spending time with her family, and attempting to paint while consuming more amaretto sours than she cares to admit.













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Friday, 15 June 2018

Review - Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orïsha, #1) by Tomi Adeyemi




Title: Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orïsha, #1)
Author: Tomi Adeyemi
Pages: 592
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books
Release Date: 8th March 2018

Blurb from Goodreads:

Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.

But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were targeted and killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.

Now Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good. 

Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl, and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers - and her growing feelings for an enemy.





My Review:
*I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Pan Macmillan and NetGalley*




Orïsha used to be a land full of magic, where maji could control elements and even the dead.
Then one night the king went to war against magic, slaughtering the maji. That was night magic left Orïsha and the night that Zélie's mother was murdered.
One day she gets the chance to bring magic back to Orïsha with the help of Amari, a runaway princess. Along with Zélie's brother, they must evade Amari's brother, the prince, who will do anything to prevent magic from returning.
Can Zélie bring back magic?


As someone who generally has unpopular opinions when it comes to books, I was worried going into Children and Blood and Bone that I wouldn't like it as much as everyone else. And I didn't. But I also didn't hate it.
I liked both Zélie and Amari, and felt sorry for both of them - they both lived in fear. I enjoyed reading as they developed throughout the book. I also liked Tzain, Zélie's brother.
I struggled with Inan, Amari's brother, from the beginning. I felt like I should sympathise with him, but I just didn't like him.
The plot was interesting, as was the theme of oppression, but I wasn't on the edge of my seat at any point. I saw most of the twists coming, but the one at the end definitely makes me want to read the sequel.
I really, really, REALLY didn't like a certain romance. It seemed unnecessary and took away from the story for me.
The world of Orïsha was interesting and I'm intrigued to find out more about it. I loved the idea of giant lions, panthers and snow leopards.
I liked the writing style and found it easy to follow.
While I am disappointed that I didn't enjoy this more, it's a promising start to the series and I'm interested to see what happens next.


Overall this was an enjoyable read, but for me, it didn't quite live up to the hype.

 
 

Monday, 11 June 2018

Blog Tour + Guest Post + Giveaway - Burning Bright (Going Down in Flames, #5) by Chris Cannon


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Burning Bright (Going Down in Flames #5) by Chris Cannon
Publication Date: June 4, 2018
Publisher: Entangled Teen


Bryn is back for her senior year at the Institute for Excellence, also known as shape-shifting dragon school. She isn’t sure which is scarier, the life-force sucking dragons stalking campus or the fact that she’s officially betrothed to Jaxon, a guy who will never love her. Not that she could ever love him, either… That’s just ridiculous.

Senior year should be fun. Her parents are alive, she’s finally fitting in, and she’s learning how to be a Medic. But what’s with Jaxon giving her strange looks? He runs hot and cold, and he doesn’t even have the excuse of being a hybrid fire-and-ice-breathing dragon like her. One minute they’re having a great time and the next, she wants to blast a fireball at his head. The marriage contract of doom looms over them--unless this match not made in heaven kindles a flame…







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 Excerpt:


I guess I should say thank you for coming to look for me.”
“You’re welcome, though you seemed to have the situation taken care of by the time we got there.”
“Mostly,” he said. “But it’s nice to know that someone notices when I’m not where I’m supposed to be.”
And now this felt awkward and a little too serious. “I guess it really is our job to look out for each other now, isn’t it?”
He grinned. “I’d like to point out that I’m normally a lot less trouble than you are, so you’re getting the better end of this deal.”
She rolled her eyes. “Yes, I’m one lucky girl.”
He acknowledged her joke with a grin and then pushed to his feet. “Do try to remember that.” He walked to the door and let himself out.
She locked the door behind him. Weird how she felt closer to him now. Shared drama probably had that effect on a relationship. Whatever kind of relationship she had with Jaxon, it seemed to be shifting...which was natural given their strange circumstances. Nothing to worry about. Nothing at all.










Cover Love (Why you love the cover)


I never thought I’d love a cover more than I loved the first book in the Going Down In Flames series. The orange flame-like hair just jumped out against the black background. It was so fiery and fun and so eye catching.










Then I saw the cover for Burning Bright and I had a new love. The bright magenta and hot pink color mixed in with the orange really makes the cover glow. Bryn looks more self-assured. And I kind of like the fact that my name is bigger on this cover. LOL.













 About the Author



Chris Cannon is the award-winning author of the Going Down In Flames series and the Boyfriend Chronicles. She lives in Southern Illinois with her husband and several furry beasts. She believes coffee is the Elixir of Life. Most evenings after work, you can find her sucking down caffeine and writing fire-breathing paranormal adventures or romantic comedies. You can find her online at www.chriscannonauthor.com.

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