Saturday, 2 June 2018

Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth

Author: Veronica Roth
Publish Date: January 17th, 2017
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Source: Bought

Summary by Goodreads.

In a galaxy powered by the current, everyone has a gift.
Cyra is the sister of the brutal tyrant who rules the Shotet people. Cyra’s currentgift gives her pain and power—something her brother exploits, using her to torture his enemies. But Cyra is much more than just a blade in her brother’s hand: she is resilient, quick on her feet, and smarter than he knows.
Akos is the son of a farmer and an oracle from the frozen nation-planet of Thuvhe. Protected by his unusual currentgift, Akos is generous in spirit, and his loyalty to his family is limitless. Once Akos and his brother are captured by enemy Shotet soldiers, Akos is desperate to get his brother out alive—no matter what the cost.
Then Akos is thrust into Cyra's world, and the enmity between their countries and families seems insurmountable. Will they help each other to survive, or will they destroy one another?

Penelope's Review

Carve the Mark was an interesting and enjoyable read for me  - I actually read it whilst on a beach in Cuba so maybe that's improved my opinion lol! 

I definitely liked the character Akos - there were many sides to him that I found intriguing and I liked his strong sense of loyalty to his brother despite what him and his brother have to go through. Cyra, another of the main characters, I also liked but I wouldn't say she was my all time favorite. Her currentgift created many issues for her and I did enjoy seeing how she slowly learned to cope with it and come to a better understanding of what it is and how it can be used but it just took me some time to get past her negative attitude and enjoy her role in the book. 

I've read quite a few reviews commenting on how slow the book was and that some didn't finish the book at all - while I do agree that it was perhaps a bit longer than it needed to be, I in no way felt that it was something I didn't want to finish! The plot was interesting, what with the different worlds and the merging of such different characters. I found the currentgift concept to be an interesting part of the story as well as the fates that befell the 'favored families'. 

I enjoy Roth's writing style and loved her Divergent series as I'm sure most of you did as well! I'm happy that she came out with this and am very excited to read the second and final book in the duology! (Which I just recently bought, yay!) Overall, Carve the Mark was definitely another great read from a great author, and I'm excited to see what she comes up with next!

RATING: 4/5 Devils!

Saturday, 17 March 2018

You Will Be Mine by Natasha Preston

You Will Be Mine
Author: Natasha Preston
Publish Date: February 6th, 2018
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Source: Received an ARC from Raincoast Books!

Summary by Goodreads. 



Lylah and her friends can't wait to spend a night out together. Partying is the perfect way to let loose from the stress of life and school, and Lylah hopes that hitting the dance floor with Chace, her best friend, will bring them closer together. She's been crushing on him since they met. If only he thought of her the same way...

The girls are touching up their makeup and the guys are sliding on their coats when the doorbell rings. No one is there. An envelope sits on the doormat. It's an anonymous note addressed to their friend Sonny. A secret admirer? Maybe. They all laugh it off.

Except Sonny never comes home. And a new note arrives:



So this book is a YA mystery/thriller type novel and while I did enjoy the plot, I found the writing itself to be quite amateur and that was hard for me to get past. As I said though, the story was good if a bit on the dramatic side. I did not guess the murderer correctly which of course made the ending quite impressive for me. I went through most of the novel quite sure that I knew exactly who was responsible and so when the tables started to turn near the end, I was very surprised which added to my opinion of the book. Very fast-paced, and definitely interesting if you are into this type of book.

The characters themselves were ok, there was quite a range of personalities which was intriguing, and I did like Lylah the main character. Chase however, I most certainly did not like. Too possessive at times for my taste, and in his attempts to be heroic, he came across as quite chauvinistic.

Overall, I did enjoy the read, it just wasn't my all-time favorite. I'm glad I gave it a chance though and if there is a sequel (which is hinted at with the cliffhanger ending!) I will definitely give it a try as well!


Sunday, 11 March 2018

Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin

A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)
Author: George R.R. Martin
Publish Date: August 6th, 1996
Publisher: Bantam
Source: Bought

Summary by Goodreads. 

Here is the first volume in George R. R. Martin’s magnificent cycle of novels that includes A Clash of Kings and A Storm of Swords. As a whole, this series comprises a genuine masterpiece of modern fantasy, bringing together the best the genre has to offer. Magic, mystery, intrigue, romance, and adventure fill these pages and transport us to a world unlike any we have ever experienced. Already hailed as a classic, George R. R. Martin’s stunning series is destined to stand as one of the great achievements of imaginative fiction.
Long ago, in a time forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons out of balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. The cold is returning, and in the frozen wastes to the north of Winterfell, sinister and supernatural forces are massing beyond the kingdom’s protective Wall. At the center of the conflict lie the Starks of Winterfell, a family as harsh and unyielding as the land they were born to. Sweeping from a land of brutal cold to a distant summertime kingdom of epicurean plenty, here is a tale of lords and ladies, soldiers and sorcerers, assassins and bastards, who come together in a time of grim omens.
Here an enigmatic band of warriors bear swords of no human metal; a tribe of fierce wildlings carry men off into madness; a cruel young dragon prince barters his sister to win back his throne; and a determined woman undertakes the most treacherous of journeys. Amid plots and counterplots, tragedy and betrayal, victory and terror, the fate of the Starks, their allies, and their enemies hangs perilously in the balance, as each endeavors to win that deadliest of conflicts: the game of thrones.

Penelope's Review

I'd first like to point out that I did watch the TV series before reading this book, something I don't normally do but in this case, am glad that I did. Don't get me wrong, the book was AMAZING! But I do feel that had I not watched the show first, and seen all of the names and faces and locations for myself, I most likely would have gotten quite lost during this read. There is A LOT to take in in terms of the amount of characters and places to follow.

However! That does not mean that it wasn't a fantastic novel. The book was incredibly well written and I give my respects to George R.R. Martin for being able to put together such a masterpiece! The planning that must have gone into writing this is astounding! But let's get to the point and discuss WHY it's so good!

First off - the characters! There was such depth to all of the characters in this book! No black and white evil/good people, there were dimensions! Personalities! Reasons behind the bad and noble causes behind the good! Every character was instrumental to the development of the story and there were quite a few deaths that I was NOT expecting (Well.... had I not watched the show first I wouldn't have expected it while reading lol). The twists and turns in this book kept me wanting more until the very last page!

The plot was great, plenty of scenes for whatever your cup of tea is! Violent scenes, passionate scenes, betrayal scenes, sad scenes, happy scenes, angry scenes! You name it, it's IN THIS BOOK! 

Now it is a bit of a longer read, but well worth it believe me. If you've already watched the show, this book is even more amazing because it's like reading the script for the show with the addition of deleted scenes! So cool!  

Overall, I was VERY impressed with the read.. so much so that I went and purchased the rest of the series! I am now very happily on to the second book!

RATING: 5/5 Devils!

Sunday, 4 February 2018

Book Blitz: Raindrops on Roses by Millenia Black

Hello everyone! This is my stop on the Book Blitz tour for Raindrops on Roses! This tour is hosted by the one and only Lola's Blog Tours! It runs from February 1st - 7th. Check out the full schedule here!

Title: Raindrops on Roses
Author: Millenia Black
Publish Date: September 2016
Publisher: Eye on Life Publications

A Searing New Trilogy from the #1 Bestselling Author of The Great Pretender 

What happens when his ex just won't let go?
Mayfair Island, Florida. Grief-stricken after the sudden loss of her beloved grandmother, an enduring but reclusive Hollywood icon, young Priscilla Bauer finds herself adrift and looking to find solace in the arms of her vast inheritance, when she meets the kind and considerate corporate brand designer, Michael Frost—a drop dead gorgeous beacon of light in her all too dark night. 

Falling hard and falling fast, Priscilla has no idea she’s stepped into dangerous territory...someone else has already branded Michael Frost her very own—with no intention of letting him go! 

Love. Loss. Jealousy. Vengeance. Passions are high but bitter vengeance gets even higher in this razor-sharp love triangle you won't forget! 

With Raindrops on Roses, the captivating Favorite Things Trilogy takes flight!

So! By now you must be asking, where can I get this book?! I am happy to say you have options my little devils! See below:

-Amazon Paperback

Or check it out on Goodreads!

You can also go see the exciting book trailer on Youtube!

AND! In case you didn't know, for the duration of this book blitz, you can get a copy of Raindrops on Roses for only $0.99!!!!!

Raindrops on Roses Excerpt:

When he entered the apartment, he saw that Amber had fallen asleep on the sofa and was snoring softly, sprawled out against the oversized pillows. She'd popped open a mini-wine bottle and left it half empty on the end table next to her wine glass. Her phone lay in the palm of her hand and she looked almost camera-ready lying there with her porcelain face still in full make-up and her ash blonde hair fanned out like a halo around her head. The top of her Forever Amber tattoo peeked out from her ample cleavage.
She must've gone out, he thought, noticing her heels had been kicked off near the coffee table. But she had clearly fallen asleep out here waiting for him.
Of course she did—what'd you expect?
Truth was, Michael hadn't expected anything. He hadn't thought much about Amber in hours. Once he'd laid eyes on Priscilla, he'd lost all concepts of logic and reasoning. But the funny thing was—he'd loved it! The time he'd spent in her company had made him feel alive, in a way he hadn't known he'd been out of touch with until now.
The spacious three-bedroom apartment he shared with Amber had always been cozy, a really nice home for the two of them, but Michael stood there now, looking around the living room, sensing that the end of their life together had just begun.
He saw an uncovered dish of lasagna sitting cold on the dining room bar. When he flipped on the kitchen light to put it away, Amber woke up, looking around as if she wasn't exactly sure where she was.
"Hey you," he said, hoping she wouldn't notice how rumpled he looked—or how sad he felt. Relax, he told himself. She'll just think the funeral got the best of you.
She got up and walked over to him, slipping her arms around his waist. "Memories?" she asked, searching his eyes.
He shrugged. "Yeah, it was pretty rough. But still, they did give her a nice send off." Michael returned the hug, praying she wouldn't ask what had kept him out until five in the morning.
"Lasagna's on the bar,"—she indicated the dish—"but we can just put it away for later."
"No, no," Michael said, giving her an uneasy smile, "let's have some now. I feel bad that you tried to wait up and I'm really sorry. I should've called but there was just so much going on, you know? So many people there to talk to. It was crazy."
"Yeah, but you could've texted me back, at least," she replied. "Anyway, if you're sure about lasagna for breakfast, I'm game. Let's eat."
They went into the kitchen and got busy heating up. Soon after, a delicious smell wafted through the air as Amber poured orange juice. She handed Michael his favorite dinner plate, then threw a light salad together.
Once they sat down to eat, she said, "So, how'd it go? What famous people did you meet? I saw on the news that most of the big name recluses came out for it."
"Yeah," Michael grumbled, "and it turned that poor woman's funeral service into a goddamn media circus." He dug into the lasagna, shaking his head. "Dad was like, 'just ignore it,' but that was next to impossible."
"Well, I offered to go with you for support," said Amber, "but you told me to stay home and work...that it wasn't necessary for me to come."
He saw now from her demeanor that her feelings had been hurt. "Well," he said, avoiding her eyes, "maybe I was wrong." He watched as her face relaxed and thought, Why's she so sensitive lately?
When they finished eating, Amber put the dishes in the sink and then immediately slipped into her mating dance. Smiling, she opened the refrigerator and Michael watched from hooded eyes as she produced a tray of chocolate-covered strawberries. Despite the circumstances, he felt compelled to
return her amorous smile. Didn't he have to? Even as his body still reeled with the sweet aftershocks of having just made love to someone else?
Swaying back over to the table, Amber placed her lips firmly against his ear and whispered, "So how 'bout you come into the bedroom and help me eat some of these, hmm?" She put the tray in front of him and stroked his cheek.
"Sounds delicious," he replied, not quite meeting her gaze.
Lacing their fingers, she led him into their bedroom, where soft pink curtains draped the windows and red satin sheets clothed the bed in a rich blend of Amber’s favorite colors. She began undressing herself, her clothes quickly hitting the carpet to reveal a fresh Brazilian wax. Then she climbed into the bed and motioned for him to join her.
Armed with a strawberry, Michael teasingly ran it over her lips before slowly feeding it to her.
She quickly reached for his belt. "Baby, you should get a little more comfortable." Then she began teasing him with her tongue, helping him undress.
Once he was completely naked, she plucked two of the strawberries from the tray, fed him one and lay back against the pillows with the other, partially inserting it into herself. "So now you know where to go if you want more," she said with a grin.
Michael obliged. With any luck, he could make her forget he'd been out all night

Want some even more exciting news?! Once you've devoured this one, there's TWO MORE you can sink your horns into! Check out where to get them below!! 

Blue Satins Sashes (Favorite Things #2)

Or check it out on Goodreads!

When the Bee Stings (Favorite Things #3)

Or check it out on Goodreads!

Praise for Millenia Black:

"Intensely intriguing and deeply riveting, Black's latest is a first-rate page-turner that will draw you in from the very beginning and never let go." —Sheri Melnick, RT Book Reviews, Top Pick

"Ms. Black is a talented writer, and I can't wait to read many more of her books..."—Carol Ann Culbert Johnson,

"Millenia Black is a mistress at neatly laying out each part of the story, like building an elaborate building that forms a fascinating whole. She clearly and succinctly draws verbal pictures of each character and their interrelationships with each other. It is masterful..." —Jeri Neal, The Romance Reader's Connection

About the Author:

No one does family and relationship drama quite like bestselling author Millenia Black! Heralded as a double life and relationship expert, she's been a featured guest on radio shows across the country, discussing the 7 Smoke Signals Your Man is Living a Double Life.
Millenia lives in Florida where she's currently unmarried and has never dated anyone living a double life...
She thinks.

You can find and contact Millenia Black here:

- Blog 

If all that isn't enough, you can also enter the tour giveaway!
These are the prizes you can win:
- One winner will win a $25 Amazon Gift Card
- Five winners will win an e-copy of Blue Satin Sashes (Favorite Things #2) by Millenia Black

For a chance to win, enter the rafflecopter below:

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Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Can't Wait Wednesday #2

Can't Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Wishful Endings to spotlight and discuss the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. Generally, they're books that have yet to be released. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. Find out more here

This week I am super excited to hear that the fourth installment in the Shatter Me series is coming out in March! I have absolutely LOVED all three of these books and so I am highly anticipating seeing what Tahereh Mafi does with this next chapter!

Title: Restore Me
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Publication Date: March 6th, 2018
Publisher: HarperCollins

Summary by Goodreads.

Juliette Ferrars thought she'd won. She took over Sector 45, was named the new Supreme Commander, and now has Warner by her side. But she's still the girl with the ability to kill with a single touch—and now she's got the whole world in the palm of her hand. When tragedy hits, who will she become? Will she be able to control the power she wields and use it for good? 

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Can't Wait Wednesday #1

Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted here, at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they're books that have yet to be released. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine. If you're continuing with WOW, feel free to link those up as well! Find out more here.

This is the first time that I will be participating the weekly book blog meme, Can't-Wait Wednesday! I think this is an awesome meme for me because it's going to allow me to really delve deep into upcoming releases! More for my TBR pile! YAY! 

Lol, so without further ado, one of the books that I am MOST excited about is:

Author: Katy McGarry
Publication Date: January 30th, 2018
Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Summary by Goodreads.

When Drix was convicted of a crime--one he didn't commit--he thought his life was over. But opportunity came with the new Second Chance Program, the governor's newest pet project to get delinquents off the streets, rehabilitated and back into society. 

Drix knows this is his chance to get his life back on track, even if it means being paraded in front of reporters for a while.
Elle knows she lives a life of privilege. As the governor's daughter, she can open doors with her name alone. But the expectations and pressure to be someone she isn't may be too much to handle. She wants to follow her own path, whatever that means.

When Drix and Elle meet, their connection is immediate, but so are their problems. Drix is not the type of boy Elle's parents have in mind for her, and Elle is not the kind of girl who can understand Drix's messy life.

Fighting against a society that can't imagine them together, Drix and Elle must push themselves--Drix to confront the truth of the robbery, and Elle to assert her independence--and each other to finally get what they deserve.

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

As You Wish by Chelsea Sedoti

Title: As You Wish
Author: Chelsea Sedoti
Publish Date: January 2nd, 2018
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Source: ARC courtesy of Raincoast Books! (received late due to post office confusion)

Summary by Goodreads.

What if you could ask for anything- and get it?
In the sandy Mojave Desert, Madison is a small town on the road between nothing and nowhere. But Eldon wouldn’t want to live anywhere else, because in Madison, everyone gets one wish—and that wish always comes true.
Some people wish for money, some people wish for love, but Eldon has seen how wishes have broken the people around him. And with the lives of his family and friends in chaos, he’s left with more questions than answers. Can he make their lives better? How can he be happy if the people around him aren’t? And what hope is there for any of them if happiness isn’t an achievable dream?
Doubts build, leading Eldon to a more outlandish and scary thought: maybe you can’t wish for happiness…maybe, just maybe, you have to make it for yourself.

Penelope's Review
As you Wish ended up being an ok, fairly interesting read. I found the plot to be quite unique which is what attracted me to the novel in the first place (I mean really, who doesn't wish for a wish to come true, right?) However, there was a few things that I didn't really enjoy that prevented this from being a favorite. 

The main character, Eldon, was very self-centered and arrogant and although there were some redeeming qualities about him, such as his evident love for his sister, that didn't much change throughout the novel. Even his wish, the whole point of the book, turned out to be kind of selfish. I believe that it was meant to come across as 'for others' or 'in the best interests of the town of Madison' but I was hoping for something more. In the end, I didn't see the character development of Eldon that I would have liked. He stayed pretty much the same, as pointed out by his ex-girlfriend Juniper. 

I did also find the story slow going. Yes I was able to finish the book quickly, but not much happens throughout the book and with such a fascinating premise I feel there could have been a lot more done with it. Every chapter was much of the same thing over and over again. Eldon needs to figure out what to wish for, he complains every step of the way, and there just isn't much more to it than that.  

I also didn't like the multitude of touchy subjects brought into the book but not really expanded upon or integrated into the story (such as God and domestic abuse). I feel that if the author wanted to include such topics they should have been more tied into the plot and not just thrown into the story as they were.

I really wanted to like this book, and while it wasn't horrible by any means, it just wasn't my favorite. I'm sure others have various opinions however so I encourage you to try it out for yourself and form your own opinions!

RATING: 3/5 Devils!