Sunday, 28 April 2013

How We Met By Katy Regan

Title: How We Met
Author: Katy Regan
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: 31st January 2013

There are some people you can't imagine life without.
Liv Jenkins had been meticulously planning her ultimate to-do-list - from the outrageous to sensible - of everything she longed to do before her dreaded thirtieth birthday, but when tragedy struck she never got the chance. . .
Two years later, Liv's five closest friends have come together on the anniversary of her death and have made a pact: they will complete Liv's to-do list in tribute to her memory.
Over the next year, before what would've been Liv's thirtieth birthday, her friends set out to complete the tasks. But along the way deeply buried secrets, silent guilt, unrequited love and years of lies, rise to the surface rocking their friendships.
When they reach the end of Liv's list the final task shakes the group to their core and they realise that they must face their futures and the consequences of their pasts, and with Liv's help, live the lives they have always dreamed of.

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Firstly I want to apologize for this review being so late and far behind. I want to say Thank you to Katy Regan for sending me a copy of her book, I loved it!
When I got this book, I just loved the cover so much, the colour themes of Red, white and blue was shouting out how British it looked which was great! It is definitely a British story so any reader who is from the UK can relate to it at any time.

So we have Liv Jenkins writing a ultimate to-do-list just before her 30th birthday when tragedy strikes and she leaves her friends suddenly and no chance to complete her tasks. Her friends Fraser, Mia, Anna, Norm and Melody come together on the 2nd year of Liv's death anniversary they make a pact to complete Liv's list together in tribute to her memory...

This story was certainly one I felt I needed tissues with me just incase, Such a bittersweet and lovely story of friendships and love. I did kind of know I was able to relate to this story very much which I suppose you could say It hit me quite hard when was reading but I enjoyed it so much.

I loved all the characters in this book so much, they all seem stuck and struggling to move on with each of their lives after Liv died, each one of them having their own secrets. Mia was Liv's best friend, a single mother but living with her own dark secret, blaming herself & hidden feelings for a certain someone.
Fraser was Liv's boyfriend and you can clearly tell when reading this book how much he did miss Liv but also having feelings for Liv's best friend wasn't something very good that was going to come out of this book...

 The rest of the characters all Jelled well together and just knew this List was going to cause problems and thrifts with each one of them. Melody definitely had her own issues with the rest of the group but the one person who shocked me the most was Anna, she shocked me with her deep down problems she actually had and had kept them so quiet from the group.

Katy definitely knew how to write these characters so well and was so raw emotion. I do recommend everyone should read this, It is a tale about five friends, 1 death and 1 list that is going to connect them forever.

This story is definitely a emotional roller coaster book with plenty of dramas, loves, loss, friendships and life. One lesson that everyone should learn: Live Life Like There Is No Tomorrow Because You Never Know What Is Round The Corner...I Highly recommend you read this!!

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On Dublin Street By Samantha Young

Title: On Dublin Street
Author: Samantha Young
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: 25th October 2012

Jocelyn Butler has been hiding from her past for years. But all her secrets are about to be laid bare. . .

Four years ago, Jocelyn left her tragic past behind in the States and started over in Scotland, burying her brief, ignoring her demons, and forging ahead without attachments. Her solitary life is working well - until she moves into a new apartment on Dublin Street, where she meets a man who shakes her carefully guarded world to its core.

Braden Carmichael is used to getting what he wants, and he's determined to get Jocelyn into his bed. Knowing how skittish she is about entering a relationship, Braden proposes an arrangement that will satisfy their intense attraction without any strings attached.

But after an intrigued Jocelyn accepts, she realizes that Braden won't be satisfied with just mind-blowing passion. The stubborn Scotsman is intent on truly knowing her. . .down to the very soul.

Incredibly passionate and downright romantic, On Dublin Street is a captivating and bittersweet story of the redemptive power of love.
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I truly adored this book ever so much, I was hooked and had to finish in a day because I loved so much. If you are big fans of Fifty shades or Crossfire series then you are going to love this, Yes there is plenty of hot sex but there is also a deep love story between a woman & a man and what depths they will go to to have their passion.

We meet Jocelyn Butler a young woman who lost her family when she was a little girl and brought up with a foster family. Now capable of growing up by herself moves to Scotland for a fresh start and to hide away from her past, Until she meets a dark and handsome man in a suit who is going to rock her world...

Here walks in Braden Carmichael a very wealthy business man who knows how to get his own way with his own dark past but does wear his heart on his sleeve when it comes to family.

Jocelyn moves in with Ellie who just so happens to be Braden's sister and Braden is not going to give up the chase until he has Jocelyn in his bed... Can he get his own way? Or Will Jocelyn hide away just like she did with her family past? ....

I can't express how much I truly loved this book so so much, It was amazing, a truly great love story but also with plenty of hot steamy sex scenes too, made me blush quite a lot hehe.
I just loved the friendships and relationship brought a different side to Jocelyn or Joss as she keeps wanting to be called. I was very happy for her right at the end, tehe!

I couldn't just pick one favourite character, I had to have two, My favourite characters would have to be Ellie Carmichael, she reminded me of herself as she was a bubbly kinda girl and friendly, she even brought out another side to Jocelyn as well which was lovely and Also Jocelyn because I loved how Samantha had written Jocelyn's character so perfect and broken but deserving a happy life, she comes across an independent woman but slowly Braden manages to peel away each layer like an onion showing Jocelyn's true feelings on life which is good because plenty of women can relate to that.

I Thank Samantha Young for writing this book, it was perfect and I hope to see more of Jocelyn and Braden in the future... 

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Fiction Addiction Book Tours Review: Things are going to slide By Rangeley Wallace

Title: Things are going to slide
Author: Rangeley Wallace
Publisher: Bev Editions
Publication Date: September 2012

In Things are going to slide, Marilee Carson Cooper, daughter of a prominent southern family, teaches law and runs a law school legal aid clinic in the small Alabama town her family has inhabited  for generations. But then things slip out of control. She is pregnant with her second child when her husband leaves her for another man. She loses a coveted job -- to her first love --that would ensure her financial security, and she is desperately trying to help a teen-age mother accused of murdering her baby.

Described by one reader as "smart chick-lit/mom-lit, law-lit", and another as "the kind of book that makes you keep reading long after you meant to turn the light out."

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This is a lovely story of a pregnant lady who teaches law and runs a law school legal aid clinic and trying to deal with family life as well, until the position she wanted the most was given to someone who she thought she wouldn't see again. . .her first love Dwight Hurley now chair of the clinic, Marilee must pull herself together to try and work together with Dwight and put the past between them behind her, Can she do that?

I really want to thank Rangeley Wallace for being a tremendous author and also giving me the chance to review her book, Also to thank Sharon Goodwin from Fiction Addiction Book Tours offering me this chance to part of this tour.

I really enjoyed this story, at first I kinda struggled because I don't really understand American Law so wasn't sure If I could continue to read but I'm so glad I did, It ended up being a fabulous read which had me feeling very sorry for Marilee at times but also happy when she has her second child hehe, a happy ending for her.

I very disliked Dean Sue Scalon at the clinic, was always being very spiteful with Marilee and felt like being very discriminate against Marilee for being pregnant and trying to shove her out of the company but was so happy right at the end, hehe Karma always comes and bites you in the bum ;) tehe!
Things do slide down hill for Marilee but she always has her loving sister Dede and family to help pick her back up. Just glad things do ride back up for Marilee at the end, she deserved it.

I don't want to give too much away from the story but I do think everyone could enjoy this book, Please don't be put off with American Law if you don't understand, You will kind of get the understanding if you carry on reading.

The writing really did flow very well so you can understand and follow all the characters easily enough. A MUST read I say!

Rangeley Wallace was born in Birmingham, Alabama, and lived there (except for one year of boarding school in Memphis) until she went to college at Emory University in Atlanta. After graduation, she moved north to Washington, D.C., to attend Washington College of Law, American University. The year following, she was a fellow at Georgetown University’s Institute for Public Interest Representation, where she received an LLM.
 She never left D.C., much to her surprise, and, in between raising four children and writing books, she has practiced public interest law and corporate law, prosecuted anti-trust and criminal cases, and represented several white collar criminal defendants facing politically motivated charges in federal court. Most recently, she has taught a variety of courses at the Washington College of Law, including legal writing, externship seminar, general practice clinic, and disability rights clinic. For several years she also represented asylum and immigration clients on behalf of CMHS, the Center for Multicultural Human Services.  Currently, she is teaching in the General Practice Clinic at WCL. 
Rangeley has written two novels.  No Defense and Thing Are Going To Slide.
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Friday, 19 April 2013

The Wish List By Jane Costello

Title: The Wish List
Author: Jane Costello
Publisher: Simon And Schuster
Publication Date: 11th April 2013

There are six months left of Emma Reiss's twenties. . .and she has some unfinished business.

Emma and her friends are about to turn thirty , and for Emma it's a defining moment. Defined, that is, by her having achieved none of the things she'd imagined she would.
Her career is all wrong, her love life is a desert and that penthouse apartment she pictured herself in simply never materialised. Moreover, she's never jumped out of a plane, hasn't met the man she's going to marry, has never slept under the stars, or snogged anyone famous -- Just some of the aspirations on a list she and her friends compiled fifteen years ago.

As an endless round of birthday parties sees Emma hurtle towards her own thirtieth, she sets about addressing these issues. But, as she discovers with hilarious consequences, some of them are trickier to tick off than she'd thought. . .

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Firstly I want to thank Alice Murphy at Simon and Schuster for my advance paperback copy. I was so excited to hear that Jane would be bringing a new book out this year and I couldn't wait to read. First time i read one of Jane's books was last year and ever since then I've read more of her books and love them, So I knew I was just going to adore this book ever so much.

So we meet Lovely 29 Emma Reiss, 6 months till her dreaded 30th Birthday and is even scared to turn 30, what could be all the fuss about?
Emma and her group of friends are all about to turn 30, as we follow them all embarking the 30's in style, Emma remembers that they all wrote a list when they were younger of things to do before turn 30.. will they complete the list together before they all turn 30? . . .

This book was just brilliant, Jane certainly knows how to keep the reader engrossed and giggling with every chapter. The story just flows so easy and you find yourself quickly flying through chapters because your enjoying it so much. I did feel the title of the book was originally The Big 3 Oh but I am glad it was changed to the The Wish List, It makes it feel a bit more intriguing as to what could be on the list.

My Favourite character would have to be Emma, a lovely plain Jane girl who is stuck in her dead end job and wants to do her dream and I just loved how she took the risk through The List and did it. She was a bit of clumsy girl but you just had to laugh at the things, especially the camping....Tehe! I Loved some of the things Emma got up to through doing her list, definitely had me giggling with her, it also reminded me of how me and my friends act around each other and all do silly things at times. Was so happy for her right at the end..tehe!
I did love the other characters too, Emma's friends Asha & Cally, did kinda feel sorry for Asha but I suppose she put herself in that situation so she needed to get herself out of it when she was ready.
Cally made me giggle alot of the time,even though she was a single mum she still knew how to have a good time with her friends.

The Men in the book, well Hello Gorgeous Matt I would love to meet him even if he does have 3 boys ;) haha! whereas Rob? Nah Im okay thank you and was so glad Emma got rid. He seemed so boring and too interested in himself than having a girl.

A Great book once again by Jane Costello and I Cannot wait for the next one! Hurry along..Hehe!
You truly are an amazing author Jane.

Monday, 15 April 2013

Book News: Step Back In Time By Ali McNamara

Publication Date: 7th November

I know this only comes out 7th November but I just had to show you the ever so lovely book cover reveal of Ali's New book Step Back In Time. I am very overly excited for this and cannot wait to read it. I am such a big big fan of Ali McNamara's, ever since I bought her first book From Notting Hill...With Love Actually just because the cover looked cute and It mentioned two of my favourite films...Notting Hill and Love Actually...Ever since then I have been such big fan and bought every book of her's when they have come out and even got a friend of mine hooked into her books - My mission complete hehe!

Step Back In Time Just looks such a cute and pretty cover, and I have a feeling the cover is going to stand out very well on book shelves that people will be grabbing their copies quickly!

Of Course you can Preorder your copies now so not to miss out PaperBack Version Or Kindle Version

How many lifetimes would you travel to find a love that lasts for ever? 

When single career girl Jo-Jo steps onto a zebra crossing and gets hit by a car, she awakes to find herself in 1964. The fashion, the music, her job, even her romantic life: everything is different. And then it happens three more times, and Jo-Jo finds herself living a completely new life in the 1970's, 80's, 90's.
The only people she can rely on are Harry and Ellie, two companions from 2013, and George , the owner of a second-hand record store.
If she's ever to return from her travels, Jo-Jo must work out why she's jumping through time like this. And if she does make it back, will her old life ever be the same again?

Cold Killing By Luke Delaney

Title: Cold Killing
Author: Luke Delaney
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: 28th March 2013

DI Sean Corrigan is not like other detectives . The terrible abuse he suffered in childhood hasn't stopped him enjoying family life with his wife and two daughters, or pursuing an impressive career with South London's Murder Investigation Unit. But it has left him with an uncanny ability to identify the darkness in others - a darkness he recognises still exists deep within his own psyche and battles to keep buried there.

Now Sean's on the trail of the most dangerous killer he's ever encountered. The perpetrator has no recognisable MO, leaves no forensic evidence and his victims have nothing in common. But Sean knows they were all murdered by the same man.Now all he has to do is find the evidence, convince his bosses and stop the killing....before his adversary gets too close to home....
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Firstly I have Hannah Gammon at HarperCollins Killer Reads to thank for my copy of this book and being introduced to it, I am very grateful for that. Luke Delaney is a new author on the crime/thriller block right now, His first debut book Cold Killing, Luke is an Ex Met Police officer so he has his own insight of scenes that he has seen and crimes he has sorted which meant this book could be brilliant!

This Book Cold Killing we meet DI Sean Corrigan a married man with two daughters but deep down he has a haunted childhood where he was abused so being a police officer he has the ability to see the scenes from the killers point of view. Now He has his hands full with this new case a serial killer, several people murdered but no trace of evidence left behind..this killer is very clever..but for how long?

I am so happy I got to read this book, I am such a big fan of crime/thriller books and when I got my copy of Cold Killing, it had similar feelings to Mark Billingham DI Thorne series which I loved so I had a feeling I was going to like this book, and Boy I wasn't wrong. . .

This is a fast pace book with plenty of action going on leaving you very hooked and trying to figure who the killer is as each chapter comes along and a new puzzle comes in the case. People who love crime/thriller books are going to love this book, the good news as well is it is a new series, so DI Corrigan is going to back..tehe!
I urge you all to buy this book, you will be mad not to!

Book News: Christmas at Rosie Hopkins' Sweetshop

Publication Date: 7th November

Although Jenny's new book Christmas at Rosie Hopkins; Sweetshop is only out on 7th November I just couldn't hold back without sharing the news and sharing the cover of the book too!
Yes I know we are only in April and thinking about Christmas books already but I cannot wait for this! I am such a big fan of Jenny Colgan's book, I especially loved the first book in this series Welcome to Rosie Hopkins' Sweetshop.. dreaming of all the old style sweets in jars and the flavours..oh yum! I just know Jenny isn't going to disappoint us! tehe.

You can Preorder your copies now... Hardcover or Kindle Version

Rosie Hopkins is looking forward to Christmas in the little Derbyshire village of Lipton, buried under a thick blanket of snow. Her sweetshop is festooned with striped candy canes, large tempting piles of Turkish Delight, crinkling selection boxes and happy, sticky children. She's going to be spending it with her boyfriend, Stephen, and her family, flying in from Australia. She can't wait.

But when a tragedy strikes at the heart of their little community, all of Rosie's plans for the future seem to be blown apart. Can she build a life in Lipton? And is what's best for the sweetshop also what's best for Rosie?

Book News: The Guest List By Melissa Hill

Publication Date: 25th April

New book by Melissa Hill The Guest List is out later this month and I fore one cannot wait for this! The cover just looks so cute like always Melissa's books always have cute and pretty book covers. I am a big fan of Melissa's books, they are always great reads!
You Can Preorder your copies now.. Paperback or Kindle Version

When funny, kind and gorgeous Shane proposes, Cara is over the moon, and can't wait to share the news of their engagement with all their friends and family.

Excitement, however, quickly turns to apprehension when it seems that everyone has a fixed idea of the perfect wedding and offers to 'help' with the planning. With tussles over the ceremony and the size of the guest list, sibling rivalry and insistent in-laws-to-be, Cara can see her vision of the big day being ripped to shreds.

So she and Shane determine to make a stand and do things their way. But when they announce their plans for a beach wedding on a beautiful Caribbean island, there is uproar.

Will Cara and Shane manage to overcome all obstacles? Or will their dream wedding turn into a nightmare? 

Tuesday, 9 April 2013

City Of Bones (The Mortal Instruments #1) By Cassandra Clare

Title: City Of Bones (The Mortal Instruments #1)
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Publication Date: April 2009

When Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder. Much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered in odd markings. This is Clary's first meeting with the shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons -- and keeping the odd werewolves and vampires in line. It's also her first meeting with gorgeous, golden-haired Jace. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace's world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in an ordinary mundane like Clary? And how did she suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know....

First thing is first, If your big fans of The Twilight Series then you are going to love this series, You will be hooked after reading this book and will be hunting for the next books I promise you. I think these books are going to be a love or a hate em sort of series..It all depends on the type of book series your after.
It is a girl and boy meet and fall in love sort of story but also has plenty of action and things going around that has you flicking every page ever so quickly taking the whole story in and being so engrossed with the characters.

When I first heard about this series which was a few months back, I wasn't too sure about reading them because I had seen loads of reviews some saying they loved the series and then some saying no just another Twilight band wagon sort of story..And Then I saw that City of Bones is actually being made into a movie right now and saw the trailer and thought it looked good and I thought you know what, I am going to try the books and I can only see can't I? Well guess what? Im here to prove now I loved them and I am now totally on the Mortal Instruments Jace/Clary band wagon now..sorry peeps!

All the characters in this book were written so perfectly and had me liking them all so much and I thought they all merged great for the story. Cassandra certainly knew what she was doing writing this series! I wished i had my very own Jace. I think all the characters kicked ass a little bit and I feel like they jumped out of the book and felt as though they dragged me in the book with them. The shadowhunters come across as very super sexy and dangerous.

It was a fab read and I had it finished in a couple of days and was straight onto the next series! I do think if your a fan of vampires,werewolves and other things then this book series is going to be for you. I do suggest if your not sure though about buying..then try renting from your local library first.

Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Book News : Walking Disaster By Jamie McGuire

Walking Disaster By Jamie McGuire Published Today!!

When I heard that Jamie was writing a sequel to Beautiful Disaster, I couldn't wait for it to come out! If any of you readers are big fans of Abby Abernathy and Bad Boy Travis Maddox Then your going to be dashing to your nearest book store right now to get your next fix of Bad Boy Travis Maddox and get to read Walking Disaster in Travis' point of view.
Can you love someone to much? Travis Maddox learned two things from his mother before she died: Love Hard. Fight Harder.

In Walking Disaster, the life of Travis is full of fast women, underground gambling, and violence. But just when he thinks he is invincible, Abby Abernathy brings him to his knees.

Every side has two sides. In Beautiful Disaster, Abby had her say. Now it's time to see the story through Travis's eyes...

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