Saturday, 5 December 2015

Long Way Down by Krista and Becca Ritchie

Long Way Down (Calloway Sisters, #4; Addicted, #3.2) Amazon     Goodreads    Facebook     Twitter                           Tumblr

With a seven-year age difference, Ryke & Daisy have faced an uphill battle in the eyes of the world and their families. Known as the most adventurous, fast-paced couple — their next step has always been elusive to the rabid media.

Behind the scenes, heartbreaking troubles continue to test Ryke & Daisy’s resilience and shape their future together. 

They promise:

To never slow down. 
To never compromise who they are. 
To never abandon their love for each other. 

But preserving their happiness also means adding more risks. Ones that Connor Cobalt wouldn’t even take. As a professional free-solo climber, Ryke is no stranger to risk, but his next step with Daisy wagers more than just his health. 

With their lives on the line, Ryke & Daisy head towards the vast, wild unknown in this epic final conclusion to the Addicted series.

Review after the link!

I'm back!

So my original break took a lot longer than I thought, but now I finally feel like I'm in a balanced enough position to continue something that I find fun but requires a lot of mental work whilst staying on top of my uni work!
Expect a flurry of reviews as I have not been able to keep away from books and I have read some gems in the past couple of months.

Aisha x

Saturday, 29 August 2015

Quick break

I've been so busy lately and have been absolutely crap on keeping you updated on my favourite reads old and new.
So I'm going to go on an official break for two weeks and hopefully come back refreshed and more ready to talk freely about all the books that I love!
Hope to see you soon.
Aisha x

Friday, 24 July 2015

Fuel The Fire by Krista and Becca Ritchie REVIEW

Fuel the Fire (Calloway Sisters, #3; Addicted, #3.1)Protect your family. At all costs.

It’d take the impossible to hurt Connor Cobalt, even for a moment.

Protect your family. At all costs. 

At twenty-six, his narcissistic tendencies have made room for the people he loves.

Protect your family. At all costs.

And he loves Rose. But when his love is threatened, when his greatest dreams with her are compromised — what is the cost then? 

Protect your family. At all costs.

Love will guide his choices. 
For the first time in his life. 

I hadn't been particularly vocal about it, but before this book I didn't trust Connor. He had some very nice moments with all the other characters that made me want to respect and love him but as said by Lily in Hothouse Flower (about Ryke, but it applies) "He sees what you give him, and you're not giving him a lot"; Connor from any one else's point of view isn't Connor and I think it's really hard for me to remember this. 
Anyway so Fuel The Fire was perfection, as I have come to expect from Krista and Becca. They never take the easy option and as much as it pains me when I'm reading the books, it is truly a talent that has allowed their books to shine in the way they do. Never in a million years could I have guessed the plot and I'm just glad that I didn't/couldn't. I think, as mentioned in the book, Connor and Rose's love is the hardest to see from the outside because they're not open people regarding anything in their lives, especially something as private as their relationship. As a result, when reading from other POVs it's a lot harder to  see Rose and Connor as who they actually are - unless we're in Lily's POV because "nerd stars".
I believe I've mentioned this before but I've yet to read one of the Ritchie's books without crying. The love that Coballoway have for each other, Jane and their extended family is beautiful. Even when Connor makes dog jokes at Ryke's expense. Okay, almost.
Connor actually gives one of my favourite book speeches of all time in this book and I honestly felt his indignation alongside him. This book honestly was more than a book for me, it was an experience and I'm so glad I got to be a part of it.

Recommend to: literally everyone, I cannot recommend any of Krista and Becca's books enough
Rating: 5 Stars 

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Not You It's Me by Julie Johnson REVIEW NEW RELEASE

 Gemma Summers is unlucky in love.
She’s known it since third grade, when her first crush blew a spitball into her hair, and a decade-long string of bad dates, boring sex, and abysmal morning-afters has done nothing to improve her prospects. 
But when a random radio call-in contest lands her courtside tickets to the hottest playoff game of the season, Gemma’s luck may finally be on the upswing — even if it doesn’t exactly seem like it when the dreaded jumbotron kiss-cam lands on her and her date, who’s too busy ignoring her to notice… 

Chase Croft doesn’t date.
Despite ample opportunity as Boston’s most eligible bachelor, the reformed bad-boy would rather put his energy into taking over the family business than weed through a world of gold-diggers to find an honest woman. 
But when the beautiful girl in the seat next to him becomes a courtside spectacle at the hands of her loser boyfriend, he can’t help but step in and save the day. 

One kiss. Two strangers. No strings attached.
The only problem is, Chase is used to getting whatever he wants. And after kissing Gemma once, he knows one thing…
He wants more.

NOT YOU IT’S ME is a full-length, standalone contemporary romance about a girl who doesn’t believe in love… and the man who changes her mind. Due to sexy-times and strong language, it is intended for readers 17 and up.

I read my first Julie Johnson book about two weeks ago as the last book I brought before going on holiday. Say The Word kept me captivated the entire way through and I just knew my next Julie Johnson book would be amazing as well.
Not You It's Me certainly did not disappoint. Gemma is a really fun character and never feels too perfect. Every choice she makes is entirely understandable not because she is perfect but because Johnson has really allowed her character's personality to shine through. Without it being said, I'm fully aware that Gemma has her own coping mechanisms that she's aware she has to deal with, and that going through the process is okay. Gemma is proof that your main character doesn't have to be perfect and that her love interest doesn't have to place her on a pedestal to make us believe she is worthy of love.

Chase is probably one of the more ideal male characters I've read, I'm not that big a fan of the "alpha male" character because 9 times out of ten it goes straight into asshole territory so I was glad that Chase was not. Chase's issues are a great accompaniment to Gemma's story line which definitely helped this book be even better. 

Gemma's best friends were honestly the best; they were so supportive and not afraid to tell Gemma when she had messed up which to me is a real sign of friendship. Most importantly, I think that more recently with more and more people moving farther away from their parents be it for university/work, they are Gemma's family away from her family. 

Overall, I thought this was a very humorous book and it kept me on my tiptoes right until the very last page. A great read.

Recommend to: a great summer read, fans of NA, fans of romance
Rating: 4 stars

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Ruthless People by J.J. McAvoy REVIEW

Ruthless People (Ruthless People, #1)To the outside world, they look like American Royalty, giving to charities, feeding the homeless, rebuilding the city. But behind closed doors is a constant battle for dominance between two Bosses, cultures, and hearts.
Ruthless People is a romantic crime fiction set in modern day Chicago, following the life and marriage of Melody Nicci Giovanni and Liam Callahan—rivals by blood and leaders through fear. Their marriage was arranged by their fathers in hopes to end years of bloodshed between the Irish and the Italians.

Liam, next in line to lead the Irish, believes he’s getting a simple-minded wife, one he can control, one who bends to his every need . . . the complete opposite of Melody. Bred to be a Boss, a world-class marksman, master of disguise, with no mercy and no fear. Twenty-four years later, she has achieved more than any man could even dream of, killing anyone who steps in her way. She knows exactly what type of man Liam is, and she would rather die than give up the power she has spent her whole life building. But with no other family left, she must not only learn to work with Liam, but the whole Callahan clan.

The Mafia of the past is evolving, and with rival bosses gunning for them, Melody and Liam will have to figure out how to work as one to take down those who stand in their way, all while keeping up appearances.

Power, Family, and Respect are everything.

Warning: This book contains adult language and subject matter including graphic violence and explict sex that may be disturbing for some readers. This book is not intended for readers under the age of 18

My least favourite crime trope is the "reluctant wife", this wife listens to her husbands's sins, pretends that she loves him enough to look over it, then remember ten years down the line that she is a "moral person" and can no longer live the life.
Honestly, I find it to be boring and insulting to women. Imagine my joy when I picked up this book.
Melody Giovanni is not the meek subservient wife, she is The Boss. Liam is next in line to be the head of the Irish Mob so long as he goes through with his arranged marriage to Melody. They are equals. Liam believes that Melody is just the daughter of the boss of the Italian Mafia and so assumes that she will just be a convenient participant of an arranged marriage rather than a counterpart. (Super feminist, I know)
Melody and Liam's first meeting actually had me laughing out loud, it was so ridiculous - in a good way. Liam goes into the meeting with no real knowledge of who she is, or even what she looks like. All Liam can do is hope that Melody isn't ugly. He gets his wish, but she's also not as compliant as he'd hoped. Melody wants an equal partnership in the business, and honestly she deserves it.
Like all books, this book has it's weak points but for me it's best quality, the quality that makes it a five star read is that Liam and Melody are on the same page. Even when a situation makes them both so angry they could kill the nearest person, they are the same person and it's beautiful to see. 
If Liam wants to kill someone, it's taken all of Melody's energy not to pull the trigger, and vice versa. Honestly, I kind of wanted them to adopt me.

To end this review, I will use a quote that I think really sums up this book/series for the MCs: 
"Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same." - Emily Bronte, Wuthering Heights
Recommend to: fans of NA books, fans of crime books, fans of high action romances
Rating: 5 stars 

Friday, 22 May 2015

My Top Ten Recommended Books

The following books may make you cry, you have been warned. All links are to and there are links to multiple websites to buy them from there.

In no particular order:

1) Junk (Smack in the U.S) by Melvin Burgess
I read this book for the first time when I was 14 and I still vividly remember the exact feelings I had over the course of the book. This book follows Gemma and Tar after they run away from home and after becoming a part of the homeless "scene" we see them spiral into a heroin addiction. I remember when reading the beginning being angry at one of the characters as they are irresponsible and drag themselves and another person down the rabbit hole and it was honestly just so sad to read. I would recommend this absolutely everyone but definitely with an age warning, parents know their kids best so it's up to you.

Addicted to You (Addicted, #1)2) The Addicted Series by Krista and Becca Ritchie
Now I've made no attempts to hide my love of this series but I will absolutely repeat what makes this series resonate so deeply in my heart. The first book focuses on a sex addict and an alcoholic (I promise there are books here not about addiction). This series highlights serious issues and makes it a lot easier to be sympathetic about them whereas with the previous book I expressed anger at the path the characters have gone down, in this series I am able to see the growth of well written characters. We are introduced to characters with the biggest hearts who just happen to have addiction issues. We are introduced to characters that are willing to sacrifice everything for family and to watch those relationships evolve and grow across the series honestly feels like a blessing. (P.S I've never gone through a book without crying and I don't cry)

And by the Way… (Butterfly, #1)

3) And By The Way by Denise Deegan (The Butterfly Novels)
I read this book during the first time I lived alone and it was honestly exactly what I needed a character that felt as lost as I did even though, thankfully for me, our reasons were different. Reading Alex open herself up again after heartache was a great experience and to be able to continue to follow her journey whilst getting a look at the people around her means this series has a special place in my heart.

Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss, #1)  4) Anna and The French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
This book isn't heart wrenching like the others, it's just fun. I think books that can make you feel genuine happiness are just as important as books with a message. This is one of my favourite contemporary novels and for that it deserves a space on this spot. Anna is a delight to share a head space with. This book has the unique selling point of being set in France so it's a different environment than your average YA book, another fun part of this story is the main character has a real passion for something and that's fun to read about.

The Recruit (Cherub, #1)5) The Recruit by Robert Muchamore (CHERUB Series)
Okay so, this is a series that I try and read again at least once a year purely because it's still that good every time. The Recruit introduces us to James Choke; he's a spoilt brat and slightly chubby. This book takes us through the journey of spoilt James Choke right through to the beginnings of successful CHERUB agent James Adams. Throughout the series you get to watch James grow up into a wonderfully mature man and it's honestly just such a beautiful transformation, for you as a reader to see a character's weak points and then to watch the character acknowledge them and adjust them in their path to be their best person. It definitely does not hurt that James is a diehard Arsenal fan ;)
  Other characters to look out for are Lauren Adams, Kerry Chang and Kyle Newman. I think this is a set of books that can genuinely be read by any age group, partly because James ages anyway, but also because at no point does it come across as written "for" children which can be a problem sometimes as the writer is liable to dumb down the book too much.

Pride and Prejudice (Paperback) 6) Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
This is one of the few books where I saw an adaptation before having read the book. My mum is a fan of the BBC P&P and so when it came on when I was 7, I watched it with her and accidentally fell in love. I didn't read the book until 7 years later and I didn't appreciate just how much of a dick Darcy was (in the beginning) until another two years. This book is one of my favourites simply because it has stood the test of time. It's most recent faithful adaptation to the screen was 2005, and one of the more recent adaptations is in the form of a YouTube series that finished two years ago, 200 years after the book was first released. It is honestly a book that I would recommend to any of my friends and the fact that it has managed to stand the test of time is so inspiring.

We Were Liars7) We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
I've read a few books by E. Lockhart, Ruby Oliver honestly felt like my best friend when I was younger so I mean no disrespect when I say I don't know what I was expecting from this book, but it was not this. Never in my life would I have been able to guess the plot but for the plot to then also be that painful and authentic has forever cemented this book in my mind and heart. I was genuinely in a different head space for  a good 24 hours after I read this book. I'd be trying to go about my day and I'd end up thinking about what happened, how to process it and honestly, what it meant for YA from now on. I've never read a book like it and I don't think I will again.

59840908) Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman
This is a really good book about racism to read. In this series the Crosses are in charge whilst the Noughts are inferior and do a lot of manual labour jobs and are hired as nannies. The thing that makes this series even better is that Crosses are actually black, so it's a different perspective on racism than we're used to but it's so easy to see the parallels even to today's society of how an established system can be detrimental to progress for a very very long time. Noughts and Crosses focuses on the story of Sephy, a Cross, and Calum a Nought. It is definitely a book you should read when you're twelve. It is definitely not a book you should read when you're twelve. I think the ending haunted me for longer than I would like to admit but I will always be glad that I have read this book.

2397959) The Godfather by Mario Puzo
Okay, so I lied earlier, I've also seen this film adaptation before reading the book but can I say the book was worth the wait? A film adaptation can do absolutely everything and still be a lesser adaptation of the book. The Godfather had two movies span the timeline of this book and somehow, even with acting greats like Marlon Brando and Al Pacino, for me the book is still better. The book makes things that hurt in the movies hurt in a different way in the book. Another reason that this book is important to me is that my brother, the very definition of a reluctant reader, has read it and loved it. This book not only served as a talking point but is proof that everyone is a reader once they find a topic they love and for that, this book showcases the best of what a book can be.


10) Bridesmaids by Jane Costello
This is the ultimate Chick Lit book. It's full of lovely girl-y moments, it's a quick read and most importantly, it doesn't feel like you're reading a book. For me, it was so easy to feel like I was actually a part of the group, especially as I laughed out loud too many times to count! My worst moment was reading this on the train and honestly nearly dying because I couldn't laugh out loud but it was just so funny, I'm sure that if the people around me weren't so certain I hadn't eaten anything they would have attempted the Heimlich.