JUNE Recap

Books Read:

(Links go to my reviews, it saves me creating another list.)

1- Addicted To You by Krista Ritche and Becca Ritchie

2- House of Silk by Anthorny Horowitz

3- Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout

4 – Tragic by J.A. Huss

5- Click to Subscribe by L.M. Augustine

6- Promise Me This by Sarah Ashley Jones

7- Fallen Too Far by Abbi Glines

8 – Fall From Love by Heather London

9 – Wait For You by J. Lynn

10 – Crossing the Line by Katie McGarry

11- Touching Melody by RaShelle Workman [Review to come July 24th]

12- Hero of My Heart by Megan Frampton

13 – Banished from Grace by Aria Williams [Review 2nd July]

14 – Freshman Forty by Christine Duval [Review 3rd July]

15 – Eve and Adam by Michael Grant & Katherine Applegate

16 – The Brightest Kind of Darkness by P.T Michelle

17- Billy and Me by Giovanna Fletcher

18 – White Trash Beautiful by Teresa Mummert

19- Opal by Jennifer L. Armentrout [Review to come]

Books of the Month:

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19 books read this month, 13 of them where ebooks and I reviewed at least 10 books. (Too much effort to count all of them!)

Thanks for reading!

Charlie xx

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Stacking the Shelves [20] & The Sunday Post [17]

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Helloooooo! Let’s start off with the books that I got this week! As always, links go to Goodreads 🙂

Bought:

the 5th wave The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.

Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie’s only hope for rescuing her brother—or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.

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Finally! I got it! And I’m soooo glad I wait because…drum roll please…I got this for for £2 cheaper on Amazon than it originally was. Yes, yes, yes!!! Can’t wait to read it!

From NetGalley:

white trashWhite Trash Beautiful by Teresa Mummert

Cass Daniels isn’t waiting for her knight in shining armor. She knows that girls like her don’t get a happily ever after. Not if you live in a trailer with your mom, work at a greasy spoon diner, and get leered at by old men. Maybe that’s why she puts up with Jackson—her poor excuse for a boyfriend, who treats her like dirt. Cass has learned to accept her lot in life. That is, until he walks into her diner. . . .

His name is Tucker White, and he’s different from any man Cass has ever known. Tall, tattooed, and bad-ass gorgeous, he’s the lead singer of the rock band Damaged. From the moment they meet, Tucker sees something in Cass he just can’t shake. Something beautiful. Something haunted. Something special. And he’s determined to find out what it is—if only he can get her to open up and let him in. . . .

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I actually reviewed this one yesterday, you can read my thoughts HERE!

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000040_00007] Saving Wishes by G.J. Walker-Smith

For Charli Blake, being seventeen is a tough gig.

She’s been branded a troublemaker, her reputation is in tatters and she’s stuck in Pipers Cove, a speck of a town on the coast of Tasmania.

Thankfully, it’s temporary. Her lifelong dream of travelling the world is just months away from becoming reality. All she has to do is ride out the last few months of high school, which is easier said than done thanks to a trio of mean girls known as The Beautifuls.

When Adam Décarie arrives in town, all the way from New York, life takes an unexpected turn. His arrival sets off a chain of events that alters her life forever, convincing her of one thing. Fate brought him to her.

Saving Wishes is the story of a girl who doesn’t quite fit the life she’s living, and the boy who helps her realise why.

all's fairAll’s Fair in Love & Seducton (The Elusive Lords, Book 2.5) by Beverly Kendall

She hopes to gain his affections

For Miss Elizabeth Smith, sharing her first kiss with the charming Lord Derek Creswell is nothing short of a dream come true…that is, until she is spotted by one of the most influential gossips of the ton. With scandal nipping at her heels, to avoid total social ruin, Elizabeth must present a fiancé by the end of the Season. But when the viscount proves reluctant, Elizabeth is forced to employ a seduction of a different sort…

He is determined to ruin her

Viscount Derek Creswell believes Elizabeth set out to trap him into marriage. After all, her sister attempted the very same thing with his brother six years before. Now the delectable Miss Smith expects a betrothal and a ring, while Derek finds her ruination infinitely more appealing…

But as Derek sets out to seduce only her body, Elizabeth is intent on claiming his jaded heart.

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It’s an historical! Gimme gimme!

silence of the wolvesSilence of the Wolves by Hannah Pole

Fate is calling…
After a strange encounter in a dark alley, journalist Tamriel’s life is turned upside down. She’s missing days, developing odd new abilities, and being followed by mysterious Leyth.
Dark, dangerous – and too gorgeous for his own good –Leyth’s determined to teach Tamriel about her new life – as a werewolf! And just as intent on keeping their relationship strictly business.
But as their simmering bond grows, Tamriel and Leyth face a bigger challenge; Tam may be their kind’s strongest weapon against the Circle, a deadly group of paranormal creatures gone rogue. That is, if she’s ready to give into her destiny and put up the fight of her life…

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Really looking forward to reading this one! The author gifted me a copy via NetGalley and it sounds awesome!

Weekly Recap Time!

Books Read:

The Brightest Kind of Darkness by P.T Michelle

 Billy and Me by Giovanna Fletcher

White Trash Beautiful by Teresa Murmmert

Books Reviewed:

Fall From Love by Heather London

Eve & Adam by Michael Grant & Katherine Applegate

Billy & Me by Giovanna Fletcher

White Trash Beautiful by Teresa Mummert

Other Posts:

Spotlight: Bitter Farewell (Brothers of Rock #3) by Karolyn James

Upcoming:

Tomorrow I’m going to recap JUNE!

Thunderin’ Luv review

Banished From Grace review

Freshman Forty Review

Life Updates:

  • I’ve been so rubbish on the blog lately! Sorry! I haven’t read as many books as I wanted to this month but I’m not too upset.
  • I’ve read over 100 books this year! I just found out yesterday and was so excited!
  • I’ve been accepted into a college! Thats college in England, like highscool, NOT University! Very excited!!! I have my timetable and everything, and hopefully I’ll be getting some folders and stuff today!
  • Stationary is AWESOME!
  • Watched Liar, Liar a few days ago for the first time. Couldn’t stop laughing!
  • I have a really strange urge to listen to Elvis.

Thanks for reading! Feel free to leave links below!

Charlie xx

Review: White Trash Beautiful by Teresa Mummert

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White Trash Beautiful by Teresa Mummert

Publication Date: July 9th 2013

Publisher: Gallery Books

Genre: NA Romance

Source: NetGalley

My Rating: 3.0/5.0

Book Description:

Cass Daniels isn’t waiting for her knight in shining armor. She knows that girls like her don’t get a happily ever after. Not if you live in a trailer with your mom, work at a greasy spoon diner, and get leered at by old men. Maybe that’s why she puts up with Jackson—her poor excuse for a boyfriend, who treats her like dirt. Cass has learned to accept her lot in life. That is, until he walks into her diner. . . .

His name is Tucker White, and he’s different from any man Cass has ever known. Tall, tattooed, and bad-ass gorgeous, he’s the lead singer of the rock band Damaged. From the moment they meet, Tucker sees something in Cass he just can’t shake. Something beautiful. Something haunted. Something special. And he’s determined to find out what it is—if only he can get her to open up and let him in. . . .

My Review:

First off, the copy of this book that I read was very badly formatted. I know that happens a lot with NetGalley titles, but it is SO SO distracting. Not that the formatting has anything to do with the novel itself, just thought I’d mention!

Second off, the synopsis says that Cass, the main character, is ‘headstrong’. Really, she’s not. At every opportunity, she ran away from her problems. Cass was quick to doubt everything that Tucker said to her. Okay, had had a good enough reason seeing as the rest f the people in her life had screwed her over, but this should have made her tougher, not a coward who runs away at the first sign of trouble.

I must admit there were certain parts that just broke my heart. Like when Cass miscarries, or when she finally excepts that she is loved, or when someone close t her dies.

(I’m really trying not to give spoilers away here! I can tell I’m doing a rubbish job!)

White Trash Beautiful contained difficult subjects to write about, including drug abuse and death, but Cass came out of it a more confident woman. It must be so horrid to feel as worthless as she did at the start of the novel, the pain that no one else really cared about her.

But then Tucker walked in and…I’ll leave you to read the book and figure out what happened!

Overall, I liked it but wasn’t a fan of how Cass was always running away and pushing Tucker out of her life when she obviously wanted/needed him.

[Thanks to NetGalley and Gallery Books for providing me with a copy in return for an honst review.]

About Author:

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Teresa Mummert is an army wife and mother whose passion in life is writing. She is the author of the New York Times and USA Today bestselling novels White Trash Beautiful and Suicide Note. Born in Pennsylvania, she lived a small town life before following her husband’s military career to Louisiana and Georgia. Check out her website for samples and updates!

Spotlight: Bitter Farewell (Brothers of Rock #3) by Karolyn James

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A few weeks ago I hosted an interview with Karolyn James! And now Bitter Farewell, the third book in the Brothers of Rock series is out! I’m just hosting a quick spotlight to let everyone know that it has arrived!
Book Description:
 
When Danny boards the private jet for his father’s funeral, he knows he isn’t just going back home to settle the estate.
 
He is going to back to find her… the girl who loved him, the girl who understood his family problems, and the girl he left behind to chase his dream of becoming a rockstar.
 
Liv Cryers is stuck in Bakersville. Literally. She came back hoping to find peace inside her empty heart, but now she’s forced to care for her ailing father who doesn’t remember her most days. She’s tired of being forgotten. The sounds of her past seem so far away…

When rockstars come to town, crazy things can happen…

Get it now!!

***For fans of Nashville the TV show and Bella Andre, the BROTHERS OF ROCK series is dramatic, sexy, romantic,and entertaining. It sizzles!***

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Review: Billy & Me by Giovanna Fletcher

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Billy and Me by Giovanna Fletcher

Publish Date: May 23rd 2013

Publisher: Michael Joseph (Penguin UK)

Genre: Adult Romance

Source: Library!

My Rating: 4.0/5.0

Book Description:

Sophie May has a secret.

One that she’s successfully kept for years. It’s meant that she’s had to give up her dreams of going to university and travelling the world to stay in her little village, living with her mum and working in the local teashop.

But then she meets the gorgeous Billy – an actor with ambitions to make it to the top. And when they fall in love, Sophie is whisked away from the comfort of her life into Billy’s glamorous – but ruthless – world.

Their relationship throws Sophie right into the spotlight after years of shying away from attention. Can she handle the constant scrutiny that comes with being with Billy? And most of all, is she ready for her secret heartbreak to be discovered and shared with the nation?

My Review:

Billy and Me was a very easy book to read, I instantly connected with Sophie May, as she was a reader and also lived in KENT! Not that a characters location has anything to do with how much I like her, but we live in the same place! Kind of…Kent is actually quite big. But anyway, like her I live in a small town.

And when Sophie made her mistake about Billy, I felt her embarrassment and just wanted to bake her a cake and tell her that it’ll be alright.

One thing that I DIDN’T like about Sophie was that she was always crying. At every single chapter. Okay, I realise that in real life girls cry sometimes BUT I don’t want to read about another girl crying, I have enough problems to deal with thanks!

Billy, was very naive. He didn’t really seem to know what was going on, and was dragged along by his manager who was horrid.

Whenever Sophie mentioned her Father, it sounded like there was going to be a big secret revealed at the end, like he was murdered or something, but that didn’t happen. An anti-climax that left me disappointed.

And the synopsis is very misleading. What secret? Everyone knows it! [I’m keeping the ‘secret’ out of this review because of SPOILERS!] And Sophie CHOSE to stay at home and not go off to university. The description makes it sound like she was FORCED to stay at home with her mother.

She wasn’t!

I demand a re-write of the synopsis.

Overall, I’m rating this a four star because although I DID point out some issues, I really did enjoy Billy and Me and if Mrs Fletcher decided to write any more books, I would happily read them!

An impressive debut!

About Author:

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Giovanna grew up in Essex with her Italian dad Mario, mum Kim, big sister Giorgina and little brother Mario, and spent most of her childhood talking to herself (it seems no one wanted to listen) or reading books.

At thirteen she left Essex behind to attend the full-time Sylvia Young Theatre School, where she met her husband Tom Fletcher. Following SYTS she completed an acting BA (hons) at Rose Bruford – since then she’s been acting, chaperoning mini actors and dabbling in a spot of freelance journalism.

Giovanna is a firm believer in the power of magpies and positive energy.

[A quick note from me!

Sorry about the lack of review yesterday! It was late afternoon before I realised I hadn’t writen anything and then it was too late. So, tomorrow I should have a review of White Trash Beautiful up. Just letting you know! Thats it, hope you have a great day! Thanks for stopping by my review!

Charlie xx]

Review: Eve & Adam by Michael Grant & Katherine Applegate

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Eve and Adam by Michael Grant & Katherine Applegate

Publish Date: October 1st 2012

Publisher:  Egmont Books Ltd

Genre: YA Sci-Fi

My Rating: 4.0/5.0

Book Description:

Sixteen-year-old Evening Spiker lives an affluent life in San Francisco with her mother, EmmaRose, a successful geneticist and owner of Spiker Biotech. Sure, Evening misses her father who died mysteriously, but she’s never really questioned it. Much like how she’s never stopped to think how off it is that she’s never been sick. That is, until she’s struck by a car and is exposed to extensive injuries. Injuries that seem to be healing faster than physically possible.

While recuperating in Spiker Biotech’s lush facilities, she meets Solo Plissken, a very attractive, if off-putting boy her age who spent his life at Spiker Biotech. Like Evening, he’s never questioned anything… until now. Solo drops hints to Evening that something isn’t right, and Emma-Rose may be behind it. Evening puts this out of her mind and begins her summer internship project: To simulate the creation of the perfect boy. With the help of Solo, Evening uncovers secrets so big they could change the world completely.

My Review:

I saw this in my library I knew that I just HAD to read it! The premise for this novel is really exciting and I don’t think that I’ve read anything quite like this before!

Eve, the main female character, has a car accident (while texting! Be warned you texters while driving!) and gets taken to hospital. Her Mother comes along and makes a big fuss about taking her AWAY from the perfectly good hospital and transferring her daughter to her own medical facility.

Even from the first chapter I had made my own assumption of Eve’s Mother. She was controlling and didn’t even care if her daughter died during the move. Nice woman.

It turns out that Eve’s leg is really messed up and might even have to be amputated, so the doctors tell her.

Eve’s best friend comes to visit her, she seems okay. I usually hate best friends in books, but she wasn’t too bad. Needed to grow a pair and dump her boyfriend though.

It’s during this point that Eve’s gets really bored and her mother shows her this virtual program where you can create your own perfect person. (It’s like a Wii! But, y’know, you can’t do abs and muscles on a Wii. CAN YOU?) Eves best friend calls this guy Adam, because ha.ha. Adam and Eve, perfect couple from the bible.

(Oh and I just quickly want to mention that although there was a mention of Adam and Eve and a serpent on the cover, this book wasn’t religion bashing or anything like that. There wasn’t even any mention of ANY religion, so if you didn’t want to pick this book up for any reason like that, you can now!)

Another character was introduced, Solo. All the way through this book, there was this whole ridiculous thing between Eve and Solo. “No, dammit I can’t fall in love with her!” “His eyes are so beautiful and perfect, but like, I don’t LOVE him or anything!” “Her sleep-drool is sexy!”

No, I’m not even making that last one up.

The romance between the two was stupid and a bit insta, seeing as they’ve never met each other beforehand, and now within a space of a week, maybe two, they are K-I-S-S-I-N-G.

Another big reveal occurs, that Solo has found out about all of these experiments that Eve’s Mother has been doing, and Eve was one of them. When she was a baby she was injected with Logan Serum, which makes her able to re-heal super quickly. (Like Wolverine, AKA, Logan from X-Men!)

There was some great action in this book too. It wasn’t over the top, but there where guns and fists which I liked and helped to liven up the book a little.

A lot happens in this book, despite it being 350+ pages. Personally, I think it should have been longer. Or maybe, (just this once) another book.

In the end of the book, the baddie isn’t the one who you think it is.

Overall, a fantastic premise with great action and technology that will blow your mind! Not to mention, the perfect man too. What more could you want?

About Authors:

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I was born in a manger and grew up in a log cabin where I read law books by firelight. . . Oh, wait, that wasn’t me, that was someones else.

I had a hard childhood. Hard for my parents. Not that bad for me. I was an Army brat, moved around a lot. Then I didn’t settle down. I just kept moving. Why? What inner turmoil drove me? Mmmm, I gotta say none. I just have a short attention span. Easily bored.

I’m living in Tiburon, CA right now. How much longer? Don’t know.

I’ve written 150 books. That’s right, I said 150. In your face, Stephen King. Granted, mine are shorter than his. And less popular. And less likely to be made into a major motion picture. And I guess i don’t play in a band with Dave Barry, either, do I?

Sorry: Salieri complex acting up.

Most of those books — and by “most” I mean 149 out of 150 — I wrote with my wife, the lovely, the talented, the eternally hot, Katherine (K.A.) Applegate. We’ve been together for 29 years. Which is a long time. Looooong time. Sweet lord what a long . . . No babe, I’m not implying anything.

Damn internets: you never know who’s reading things.

Anyway, GONE. My goal in writing GONE? To creep you out. To make you stay up all night reading, then roll into school tired the next day so that you totally blow the big test and end up dropping out of school.

GONE. Imagine a world where every adult vanishes in an instant.

Coming soon, a whole other series: BZRK.

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Applegate was born in Michigan in 1956. Since then she has lived in Texas, Florida, California, Minnesota, Illinois, North Carolina, and after living in Pelago, Italy for a year, she has moved back to Southern California. She has an eleven year old son named Jake Mates, although she says the Animorph leader is not named after him. In 2003 she and her husband, Michael Grant, her co-author on many projects including Animorphs, adopted their daughter, Julia, in China.[citation needed] Following the end of Animorphs, Applegate took three years off. She is back at work and has written a picture book called “The Buffalo Storm,” a middle reader novel called “Home of the Brave,” and an early chapters series “Roscoe Riley Rules” with Harper Collins. Her book “Home of the Brave” has won the SCBWI Golden Kite Award, the Bank Street 2008 Josette Frank Award, and is a Judy Lopez Memorial Award honor book.

Review + Giveaway: Fall From Love by Heather London [Book Tour]

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Welcome to my review of Fall From Love! There will also be a giveaway below my review, so make sure you enter! Click HERE to see the tour schedule and see what other bloggers thought of this title!

Fall From Love by Heather London
Publication date: June 7th 2013
Genre: New Adult Contemporary
My Rating: 3.0/5.0
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FallFromLoveBook Description:

Struggling to put her life back together after a tragic mountaineering accident kills her college sweetheart, twenty-one-year-old Holly Treadwell is trying to set aside her grief, forge ahead in school, and find herself again.

When Carter Hansen, a guy who brings back horrible memories from the night of the accident, finds his way back into her life, Holly’s unsure  if she should let him in. He terrifies her in more ways than one and invokes feelings in her that she thought were buried forever. Regardless of her fears, she knows she must face him in order for her heart to heal.

Everyone tells Carter that what happened on the mountain that night was just a terrible accident, but even then, he can’t help but carry around the guilt and is unable to forgive himself. He’s drawn to Holly and being near her helps ease his conscience and gives him the release he needs.

As Holly and Carter’s relationship grows, they begin to realize that the more time they spend with one another, the more their wounds begin to heal—her grief and his guilt. But when Holly learns the details about the night of the accident—what everyone has been keeping from her—it will rip open old wounds and tear apart what they’ve both worked so hard to overcome…

MY REVIEW:

Let’s be honest here, most of the way through this book I was frustrated. The characters just didn’t tell each other what they wanted. Life would be so much simpler if people just TALKED. (I know this isn’t the authors fault, I’m just making a point.)

The premise of this novel was what really drew me in. Holly’s boyfriend Adam, was killed in a mountain rescue mission. They had been together for two years, and planned to get married. It’s a really tragic storyline and I thought that it would be a change to read something where the female character is recovering from the death of her sweetheart. (It sounds really morbid, sorry!)

From the first chapter of this novel, I disliked Holly’s best friend Jenna SO MUCH! She was really interfering! But thankfully, the novel wasn’t about HER it didn’t really dampen my thoughts on the entire story.

From the third, maybe the fourth chapter, I could see where the book was going. Carter had been introduced, and then there were a few chapter in Carters POV…I got the idea that Carter and Holly where going to have some kind of love interest. The romance took AGES to get going! It was more than 50% of the way through that they actually confessed their feelings and got their shit together.

I can’t tell you if they stuck together or not, you’ll just have to read the book to see!

While reading Fall from Love, I noticed that there was a lot of death in this book. Obviously, Adam died and then we found out that some of Carters family had died too and it was a bit depressing to be honest!

Overall, I took one star off for it being a little depressing. I mean, half of Carters family died, and not even from old age. And then I took another star off for the romance taking a while to get going, and for being frustrated by Holly not talking about what she wanted, and for the best friend interfering in her life.

But even though, I was really negative in this review, there where awesome parts that made me tear up, and when the romance did start it was so sweet to see Holly start to love again. At the end of the novel, I felt connected to Holly and wanted to see her happy.

Not that I’m telling you the ending or anything. Ha!

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2 signed paperback copies (INTL)

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About Author:

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Heather London is a young adult and new adult author who loves to write stories full of romance, fantasy, and science fiction. She is a lover of only the finest of coffee and premium craft beer, but will settle for anything chocolate, regardless of its quality. Heather lives with her husband in Dallas, TX where she is currently working hard on her next project.