Friday, 28 June 2013

You Don't Know Me - Sophia Bennett


Cover Rating: 4 out of 5
Rating: 4 out of 5



Synopsis:

Sasha, Jodie, Nell and Rose never expected to be famous. They didn't want to be. In fact, they wanted to keep their band a secret because it’s what they do when they’re being stupid together – dressing up and singing cheesy songs.

But someone has stolen a video they made. It’s online, and it’s been entered into a talent competition. And what’s more … it’s got 24 votes. In only a few hours it’s got 24 votes.

The girls are about to be faced with a big decision that could make them seriously famous.

 Just not necessarily the way they hoped...

Review: 

I loved this! I read all 340 pages in a day!

Two wrongs don't make a right.

So different from what I expected, I don't read books like this much; it reminded me of Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging; it had same best friend humor. 

Seminal Leotards

This story is very contemporary looking at how social media manipulates us into a certain opinion. 

With the likes of X Factor and The Voice and even the story of a particular YouTube sensation; it is now even easier to get your 'fifteen minutes'.

For these girls it happens by accident with some iPhone thievery. 

This shines the light of Cyber bullying and made me think how dangerous it is now to be so available. These teens like Cher Lloyd; who in the UK has a less than stellar reputation (a bottle of urine was thrown at her on stage ) you wonder how much we really know about them and how much is editing so that public opinion creates drama.

This is a great story and made me tear up a little; what was missing? Why not 5 stars... Love. 

( ****Spoiler***** I wanted love with Elliot and Sasha, I was a little disappointed tbh, but other than that, brilliant.)

If you like YA and books about best friends or x factor type contemporary stardom then this is for you. 

I'm so glad I have my autographed copy, thank you Sophia :)



Killing Sarai (In the Company of Killers #1) - J.A. Redmerski


Cover Rating: 3.5 out of 5
Rating: 5 out of 5


Synopsis:
From the author of the New York Times, USA Today & Wall Street Journal bestselling novel, THE EDGE OF NEVER, comes a story of passion and survival…

Sarai was only fourteen when her mother uprooted her to live in Mexico with a notorious drug lord. Over time she forgot what it was like to live a normal life, but she never let go of her hope to escape the compound where she has been held for the past nine years.

Victor is a cold-blooded assassin who, like Sarai, has known only death and violence since he was a young boy. When Victor arrives at the compound to collect details and payment for a hit, Sarai sees him as her only opportunity for escape. But things don’t go as planned and instead of finding transport back to Tucson, she finds herself free from one dangerous man and caught in the clutches of another.

While on the run, Victor strays from his primal nature as he succumbs to his conscience and resolves to help Sarai. As they grow closer, he finds himself willing to risk everything to keep her alive; even his relationship with his devoted brother and liaison, Niklas, who now like everyone else wants Sarai dead.

As Victor and Sarai slowly build a trust, the differences between them seem to lessen, and an unlikely attraction intensifies. But Victor’s brutal skills and experience may not be enough in the end to save her, as the power she unknowingly holds over him may ultimately be what gets her killed.

This is their story…

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(Romantic Suspense | 94,000 words | 400 pages)


Review:

Read in a day!!

Brilliant. I think I have a thing for Stockholm Syndrome stories :/

This story was captivating and it deserves all the praise it has received.

It builds a brilliant character foundation with Sarai becoming stronger and yet more vulnerable with every chapter. She even makes me laugh at times.

Redmerski does a great job of leaving things to the imagination and for leaving cliff hangers at the end of a chapter so you have to keep reading.

Victor having his own point of view was perfect and a brilliant little surprise.

I didn't cry until the end, and yet at the leaving sentence I found myself grinning and proud of the outcome. 

The name of this book is perfect.

The story although unrealistic held more realism due to the journey it takes. 

This is my first read of a Redmerski story and I'll certainly read more. 

Book two is needed. Want.


Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Melancholic Delight - Tista Ray



Rating: 3 out of 5
Cover Rating: 4 out of 5

Synopsis:

‘There’s no love like the first love. There’s no feeling like the desperation to attain true love. Love or lust matters not when two eyes meet, uniting the souls at once’

It’s this love which frees Sri from the reign of darkness and makes her heart rise to lofty heights of anticipated passion with no one to pull her back to reality. It’s Jishu, who appears as the first ray of hope in her overshadowed life and showers her with the ultimate sense of freedom, which she has been craving for. He fills her life with the long awaited perfection. To a flawed person he appears as the flawless. He becomes one among her most perfect acquaintances, but is he really as unblemished as he appears to be. If so, can a flawed person risk a life with the flawless? Do opposites really attract each other or it deviate them from their normal avenues of life?

It’s a deeply compelling love affair which takes the readers back to their childhood memories and brings back to them the essence of true love.

The changing relations of a man’s life add force to the much ordinary teenage passion. The book is not just about love. It’s about a journey called life which either ends in melancholy or in delight.

Review:

What do I think...

This story is so different; written different, narrated different and uses words that are maybe a little too descriptive.

This is about first loves and a little about it reminded me of when I was at school. Some lovely quotes. It's an insightful read but I wouldn't call it a story. It is more a telling of a situation  for me it hits you at the end and their is a lot more to it than meets the eye.

It's hard to rate because it's very different. 

The Indian family rituals were interesting and I enjoyed the mother daughter relationship. 

I'm really not sure what to make of it, confusing at times, rather insightful at times.

3 stars.



Friday, 14 June 2013

Matched [Matched #1] - Ally Condie

Synopsis 

Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her: what to read, what to watch, what to believe. So when Xander's face appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is her ideal mate... until she sees Ky Markham's face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black.

The Society tells her it's a glitch, a rare malfunction, and that she should focus on the happy life she's destined to lead with Xander. But Cassia can't stop thinking about Ky, and as they slowly fall in love, Cassia begins to doubt the Society's infallibility and is faced with an impossible choice: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she's known and a path that no one else has dared to follow.

Review

I often don't like making precognitions about books before I read then but I ran around the blogverse often enough that I can't really help it. This series has a lot of fans and equally negative reviews to add to it's name so I was divided to begin with. One of the main themes about this book was the love triangle. I do NOT like love triangles, in fact I really hate the growing trend of female YA characters who has no more depth than a 2D cartoon cut out. So I avoided this book even though part of me really wanted to read it.

Even after I started reading this book, I was conflicted. I liked Cassia as much as I disliked her. She was brave as she was a coward, she was selfless as she was selfish, she was irritating as she was fascinating. All in all she was a very much all rounded person. One thing she was was extremely naive. It took a little too long for her to wake up and realise that the society was not the prefect construction that she was borough up to believe. Perhaps it is because I have a very cynical expectation of everything that I find it easy to spot the negatives of any infrastructure but watching Cassia stumble through her opinions of society caused me endless frustration.

I was also surprised that unlike many other books with the same theme, the love triangle did not play a very big role in fact while Cassia loved Xander as a friend, she did not show a lot of indecision about which one she love. Yes, there were some moments where this wavered and I thought it was going to be like all other books after all but those moments were brief and not very common.

I was actually surprised by this book, as Cassia notes many time (too many in my opinion) this was far bigger than just two characters. It was about a social structure that aimed to be perfect in a universe where chaos rains.The society is perfectly designed to control all aspects of life from what they eat to what they wear to what to where they live or who they marry. Every thing they do is watched and recorded.There is no such thing as individuality or freedom.

This book was fast paced, dynamic and different from a lot of books I have read in the past. The characters are as gutsy as they are cowardly. They are extremely real. I really enjoyed the book and I am already well into Crossed

I give this book 4 out of 5 cupcakes



Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Tangled - Emma Chase


Rating: 4 out of 5
Cover Rating: 4 out of 5


Synopsis:

Drew Evans is a winner. Handsome and arrogant, he makes multimillion dollar business deals and seduces New York’s most beautiful women with just a smile. He has loyal friends and an indulgent family. So why has he been shuttered in his apartment for seven days, miserable and depressed? 

He’ll tell you he has the flu.

But we all know that’s not really true.

Katherine Brooks is brilliant, beautiful and ambitious. She refuses to let anything - or anyone - derail her path to success. When Kate is hired as the new associate at Drew’s father’s investment banking firm, every aspect of the dashing playboy’s life is thrown into a tailspin. The professional competition she brings is unnerving, his attraction to her is distracting, his failure to entice her into his bed is exasperating. 

Then, just when Drew is on the cusp of having everything he wants, his overblown confidence threatens to ruin it all. Will he be able untangle his feelings of lust and tenderness, frustration and fulfillment? Will he rise to the most important challenge of his life? 

Can Drew Evans win at love? 

Tangled is not your mother’s romance novel. It is an outrageous, passionate, witty narrative about a man who knows a lot about women…just not as much as he thinks he knows. As he tells his story, Drew learns the one thing he never wanted in life, is the only thing he can’t live without.



Review:

This has received sooo much praise; readers claiming that this is how books should be written. 

I enjoyed this story a lot although at times i did feel more like i was being told the story but that is expected due to the writing style  I laughed through portions and I loved Kate; she was a pretty kick arse character; she was more of a role model than Cinderella any day. 

I particularly enjoyed it when Drew told McKenzie his niece to forget about finding a prince and living in his castle; to go to college and get a good job and buy her own. 

Drew has many gems of knowledge and I particularly enjoyed his relationship with McKenzie.

I usually hate kids in books; they are needy and whiny and i just want to lock them in a closet but i wanted to adopt McKenzie she was fantastic.

I felt that the middle of this book was a little slow; I understood why as those chapters are needed to fully understand the story.

This could so easily be made into a movie! I would love that. I cant wait to read more from Ms Chase.

This story was a bit - over the top. It wasn't very realistic but that's what we read for isn't it; we read for escapism of things that may be far fetched but we love it.

Plus we all know an amazing girl or guy who is saddled with the wrong man and we just want to shout at them 'you can do better'.

I know a guy just like Drew; guess what, he hits on me every chance he gets!