Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

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I didn't ask for any of this. I didn't ask to be some kind of hero.

But when your whole life gets swept up by a tornado—taking you with it—you have no choice but to go along, you know?

Sure, I've read the books. I've seen the movies. I know the song about the rainbow and the happy little blue birds. But I never expected Oz to look like this. To be a place where Good Witches can't be trusted, Wicked Witches may just be the good guys, and winged monkeys can be executed for acts of rebellion. There's still the yellow brick road, though—but even that's crumbling.

What happened? Dorothy.

They say she found a way to come back to Oz. They say she seized power and the power went to her head. And now no one is safe.

My name is Amy Gumm—and I'm the other girl from Kansas.

I've been recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked, and I've been given a mission:

REMOVE
The Tin Woodman's heart,

STEAL
The Scarecrow's brain,

TAKE
The Lion's courage,

And then—

DOROTHY MUST DIE.


Have you ever started a book that has the potential to be the best or the worst book ever so you just have to read it and see where it ends up?
This book was amazing, even when doing a partial retelling of a well known book, Danielle Paige is able to make the world distinctly hers. From goth munchkins to Perma-Smiles. Seriously, check this book out.


Dorothy has gone back to Oz and is no longer the sweet girl from the story. She's a dictator and quite possibly mad. It's actually so fun to read, she's obsessed with being in power and frankly terrifying. Whenever I think of Dorothy I have this small image of Judy Garland running around clueless, but this Dorothy is calculating and Amy has to outsmart her.


Amy is a great character to see this series from as it's all new to her but at the same time, like us, she has a vague-ish memory of how Oz should be according to the story Dorothy brought back. 

This book was so good that it took me a very long time to write a review as it's difficutlt to get the right level of explaining just how awesome it is, without giving away any plot points. So I'm just going to have to leave you with my opinion that it's definitely in the top 20 books I read in 2014.

Recommend to: everyone; it's a fun retelling of a well known story and can be read by all ages, I think it'd also be a really fun story to read with children

Rating: 4 Stars :D

Happy New Year to all my wonderful readers!

I hope you find your next favourite series this year. 

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

ReCAP by Danielle Pearl - COVER REVEAL















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Read my review for the first book in the series here.

About the book: A Normal Novella


Will be up for presale on Dec. 15 and will be FREE for the week of presale.

Release on Dec. 22 at 99c

This is a novella, NOT a full-length novel, and it is Book 1.5 of the Something More series (Normal from Sam's POV) NOT a standalone. 

Rory and Sam fell in love in NORMAL, and we all fell in love right along with them. Now see it all unfold through Sam's eyes, and learn just how the new girl with anxiety issues stole the heart of the gorgeous heartthrob, and turned his world upside down.



About the Author: Danielle Pearl lives in New Jersey with her husband and delicious little boys. She is a life long book enthusiast who has been writing ever since she could hold a pencil.

Friday, 14 November 2014

The Star Catcher by Stephanie Keyes - Blog Tour and REVIEW

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Magick and destiny intertwine as he fights to save his kingdom and the goddess he loves.
Her kiss…the feel of her skin…the beat of her heart…For seventeen-year-old Kellen St. James, each memory is marred by a single sentence on a lone strip of paper.
Cali has been taken…
Armed with an amulet that channels the ultimate power of Faerie, Kellen searches for his love. However, control of the amulet’s energy comes with a price, and Kellen soon learns that Cali’s captor has plans for the stone. With the threat of the Star Catcher’s evil looming above Kellen and his kingdom, he’ll have to free the Heart of Faerie and break the curse the binds the Children of Danu to the darkness. But before that, he has to find his real father, the king. No pressure, right?
Kellen and Cali will battle bewitched armies and unknown foes as they fight to stay together. Will Kellen embrace his immortal destiny? Or will his world, and the man he is fated to become, be destroyed by The Star Catcher?


Sunday, 2 November 2014

Addicted After All by Krista and Becca Ritchie - REVIEW

Addicted After All (Addicted, #3)                                  AMAZON 

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SUMMARY

Two addicts. One epic love story. 

Prepare for the worst. 

That’s what Lily and Lo try to do when Jonathan Hale schedules an “important” meeting. The problem: after being swept into the public eye and battling their addictions, they’re not sure what the worst is anymore. 

In a sea of many changes—including Ryke & Daisy living with them—Lily realizes that the best part of her fluctuating hormones might just be the worst. 
Her sex drive is out of control. 

Loren knows that she’s insatiable, but he’s not giving up on her. She’s too much a part of him. And as he carries more and more responsibility, some of the people that he loves doubt his resolve. 

In the conclusion to their love story, Lily & Lo stand side-by-side to fight, one last time, for their happily ever after. 

**AUTHORS' NOTE**
Due to the 2-year gap between Addicted for Now (Addicted #2) and Addicted After All (Addicted #3), you must read Thrive (Addicted #2.5) or the Calloway Sisters spin-off series before reading Addicted After All.

So we're finally at the end of the road for LiLo. In Ryke's words (and mine): It's the best fucking road.
 
Lily and Lo have been through so much as both people and as a couple and to see all their hard work come together so beautifully. In addition, this is the first book where we get to see Raisin  Raisy as an actual couple and it makes me both excited and scared for where they're gonna go as a couple but I just have believe in that happy ending. Coballoway were hilarious as always.

My guess on the babies genders were actually correct but I'll leave that to you to find out ;) 


I'm not going to spoil the plot in anyway, especially as this is the last of 5 books in a series but I do have to say this:

Lo- I've gotten to know you very well since I started this series in January and I have to say you have exceeded expectations (Harry Potter reference for you) there!) and become one of the greatest men I will ever read about. I wish I could tell the 13 year old Loren that hated himself how incredible he'd be but sadly I think he needed the lows to truly experience the highs. You have an amazing girlfriend, amazing friends, and brother that would pull out his own beating heart for you. You've managed to beat life,I promise you.


Lily - This whole thing started in your POV and if I hadn't loved you so much I wouldn't have continued. You're one of the strongest people I've ever read about and you don't even know it. The amount of love you exude is a ray of brightness and your compassion makes even the worst situation not as bad. You're an amazing friend, sister and girlfriend and you don't even realise how easy it is to love you. If I could tell the girl in the first chapter of Addicted To You how her life would turn out, she probably wouldn't believe me because she was still too ashamed of how she lived her life but you really and truly do not know your own strength. You don't know that your best friend will become the love of your life, that your sisters will be the closest relationships you have, including your sister's husband and your boyfriends' brother. You don't know that your boyfriends' brother is determined to hate you but will end up loving you as much as he loves Loren, and you will love him as much as you love Rose. You're going to be an extraordinary woman, and you didn't even need superpowers to get there.

I'd like to say thank you to Krista and Becca for this amazing series and the ability to make me cry while reading a book, then again when saying goodbye to two of my favourite POVs. I cannot wait for the rest of this series!

Recommend to: fans of New Adult (who have read the series), fans of realistic fiction


Rating: 5 stars

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Addicted After All Promo Tour - Teaser Poster + GIVEAWAY
















OUT AUGUST 31st



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SUMMARY

Two addicts. One epic love story. 

Prepare for the worst. 

That’s what Lily and Lo try to do when Jonathan Hale schedules an “important” meeting. The problem: after being swept into the public eye and battling their addictions, they’re not sure what the worst is anymore. 

In a sea of many changes—including Ryke & Daisy living with them—Lily realizes that the best part of her fluctuating hormones might just be the worst. 
Her sex drive is out of control. 

Loren knows that she’s insatiable, but he’s not giving up on her. She’s too much a part of him. And as he carries more and more responsibility, some of the people that he loves doubt his resolve. 

In the conclusion to their love story, Lily & Lo stand side-by-side to fight, one last time, for their happily ever after. 

**AUTHORS' NOTE**
Due to the 2-year gap between Addicted for Now (Addicted #2) and Addicted After All (Addicted #3), you must read Thrive (Addicted #2.5) or the Calloway Sisters spin-off series before reading Addicted After All.

I cannot believe that we're already at this point of the Addicted Series! It feels like just yesterday when I stayed up until 5am to get Hothouse Flower despite having a 9am lecture (don't worry Mum, I went to my lecture) and now Thrive has come out and AAA is nearly with me!

Teaser Poster ahead:

Friday, 24 October 2014

The Last Anniversary by Liane Moriarty REVIEW + NEW RELEASE

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From the bestselling author of The Husband's Secret comes a compelling story where nothing is as simple as it seems.

Seventy-three years have passed since sisters Rose and Connie Doughty found an abandoned baby in the only other house on their little island, Scribbly Gum. And since then the 'Munro Baby Mystery' has brought them fame and fortune.

But now, with Connie dead and newcomer Sophie Honeywell inheriting her home, and everyone around them tirelessly trying to solve the mystery, Rose begins to wonder if they made the right decision all those years ago. How much longer they can cover up the truth behind the mystery that has sustained their community for four generations? And what other secrets might be revealed?

Review ahead!