Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Review ~ Entice (Eagle Elite #3) by Rachel Van Dyken

Entice (Eagle Elite, #3)ebook purchased by myself.

Release Date: May 13th 2014

Description:
Chase Winter let the love of his life slip through his fingers and into the hands of his best friend and mafia boss of the Abandanato family. Now that he's been given a second chance to right a wrong--he refuses to let his own selfishness stand in the way. The only problem? He's not fully in possession of his heart, so when Mil De Lange, the girl who's innocence he stole, and heir to the worst of the worst mafia families in the US, asks him for a favor. He actually says yes, not realizing that that one yes has the power to destroy them all. 

Mil's been in love with Chase as long as she can remember, but as the years went by, the love turned to hate, and now that he's agreed to help her, she's wondering if she made a fatal error. Because Chase isn't a teenager anymore. He's a hot blooded male, bent on owning every part of her body and soul, and willing to kill anyone in his path who dares stand in the way. 
It's time for secrets to finally be revealed...but make no mistake, it's going to take a lot of bloodshed for those truths to be discovered.

You've never read a New Adult Mafia story like this before...loyalties will be tested, lovers reunited, and friendships obliterated. Welcome to the Family. Blood in--No out.

My Opinion

I love this series. I haven't been able to stop reading it for two days and I've bought the fourth already. For me it just keeps getting better and better as the books progress but I still hate that there are so many cliff hanger endings!! Seriously I need to get work done and I can't when reading these books.

Anyway, Entice was a great read that had everything I'd come to love from these books. It was also better than the first two in my opinion as I couldn't figure anything out in advance. Unlike with book 1 and 2 the plot kept unravelling with many twists and I had to restrain myself from skimming to the end to see what happened.

Similarly I love the mixed POV and the fact it gives a really good overview while also being used as a great tool to hide things. All of the characters are still present, which is great as I thought some would have left by now, and I'm growing to love the guys even more.

Besides this there were some intense moments between Chade and Mil and I really couldn't put this book down. If you like dangerous guys, hot and intense romance, and mafia violence you should definitely check this series out.

4.5

Monday, 15 September 2014

Review ~ Elect (Eagle Elite #2) by Rachel Van Dyken

Elect (Eagle Elite, #2)ebook purchased by myself.

Release Date: December 10th 2013

Description:
Would you die for the one you love?
Nixon Abandonato made his choice. And now he has to pay the price. Tracey is the love of his life, but being with him has made her a target of his family's enemies. The only way to keep Trace alive is convince the world she means nothing to him. 

Trace Rooks has fallen irrevocably in love with the son of her family's sworn rival, and she knows in her bones nothing can tear them apart. Until Nix suddenly pushes her away and into the arms of his best friend... But Trace isn't ready to give up on a future with Nix--and if he won't fight for them, she will. 

In the end, a sacrifice must be made. A life for a life. For what better way to cover a multitude of sins than with the blood of a sinner . . .

My Opinion

It's very rare that I find a book by a new author and have I buy the next book instantly. It's also rare that I buy ebooks. However after reading Elite from NetGalley and reading the extract from this book I just had to have it straight away. That cliff hanger was just mean and I needed to see how everything played out.

This book had everything I loved from the first but with more danger and drama. The plot held my interest all of the way through and had me turning pages rapidly until I finished in a few hours. I will admit that, like Elite, I did figure out what was going on before it was revealed but it was still a great story. There is a lot of violence, action, emotions, and a high intensity. I can't say anything else but it's a great series and probably the best I've read this year (I know that because I had to read all 4 before coming back to write this).

Anyway, I don't want to give too much away so all I'm going to say is these books are a must read.

4.5

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Book Spotlight ~ Broken (The Siren Series, #1) by L.A. Griffiths

Broken (The Siren Series, #1)Broken (The Siren Series, #1)

Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult

Publisher: Self-published

Description:
Ellie Laveau is a shy, quiet sixteen year old girl, but she carries a deadly gift. At her local school they call her a freak and are afraid of her. She is scared to touch people, since she can send them into a lustrous rage. The only thing that gets her through the day is her family and her two friends, Lilly and Becky. While walking home from school she is stalked by a strange, beautiful woman who knows much about her, and soon her life is turned around by disturbing dreams of creatures that keep her awake at night, and the threat of danger that seems to have taken an interest in her.



Excerpt

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Review ~ Elite (Eagle Elite #1) by Rachel Van Dyken

Elite (Eagle Elite, #1)eARC received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Release Date: October 14th 2014

Publisher: Forever (Grand Central Publishing)

Description:
For Tracey Rooks, life with her grandparents on a Wyoming farm has always been simple. But after her grandmother's death, Tracey is all her grandfather has. So when Eagle Elite University announces its annual scholarship lottery, Tracey jumps at the opportunity to secure their future and enters. She isn't expecting much-but then she wins. And life as she knows it will never be same . . .

The students at Eagle Elite are unlike any she's ever met . . . and they refuse to make things easy for her. There's Nixon, gorgeous, irresistible, and leader of a group that everyone fears: The Elect. Their rules are simple. 1. Do not touch The Elect. 2. Do not look at The Elect. 3. Do not speak to The Elect. No matter how hard she tries to stay away, The Elect are always around her and it isn't long until she finds out the reason why they keep their friends close and their enemies even closer. She just didn't realize she was the enemy -- until it was too late.

My Opinion

This book surprised me. I was sold at the mention of the mafia really, but I didn't expect it to go the way it did and I really enjoyed it. I wasn't sure about the university aspect when I requested it--I thought it would all be rich, privileged kids who thought they were above everyone--but this book had a darker, more sinister undertone that I loved.

Elite was an interesting read that had many reveals and great characters. I've seen it in a few other reviews the phrase "lovable asshole" and I think that sums up the guys (Nixon and Chase) perfectly. When I was first introduced to them, I didn't think they'd win me over. They came across as complete jerks, but it was intriguing. However, by the end Chase won me over completely, and Nixon mostly did--even if he did mess up more than the others and frustrated me. Saying that, I did find them very intense characters and I thought that kind of emotion was carried across well in all aspects of the book, especially the romance.

Another thing I liked was the constant battle Nixon and Trace had. I liked that even as the new girl, she stood up to him and broke his rules. Of course it ended badly for her, but her attitude and remarks were great while they slowly grew and things were revealed.

If there was one thing I would say bad abut this book, it is that I found everything a bit obvious. I figured out the secret between Nixon and Trace way before the reveal, and similarly with who Trace was. It didn't really bother me as I liked the writing but I felt it could have been concealed a bit better or revealed sooner so I wasn't waiting so long.

Overall though, I really enjoyed this book. I also made the mistake of reading the extract from book 2 at the end, and now I can't wait to read Elect! If you like darker books and don't mind some violence mixed into an intense romance, you should definitely check this out.

4.5

Friday, 12 September 2014

Review ~ Conquest (The Chronicles of the Invaders #1) by John Connolly & Jennifer Ridyard

Conquest (The Chronicles of the Invaders, #1)
eARC received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Release Date: 28th August 2014

Publisher: Headline

Description:
She is the first of her kind to be born on Earth.

He is one of the Resistance, fighting to rid the world of an alien invasion.

They were never meant to meet. 

And when they do, it will change everything . . .



My Opinion

I can't finish this book. It sounded like a great read that would be full of action, but it has taken me a week to get through the first 15 chapters! I could normally read that in the space of a few hours. There is too much info-dumping that it actually gave me a headache and I fell asleep twice. The story tells rather than shows and I don't find myself invested at all. I did flick forward to see if it got better, with the hope of continuing, but in the six sections I picked at random, the writing seemed just as dense with little speech and movement. 


I wanted to like this book and I hate DNFing, but it's just so slow and I can't invest any more time in it.

DNF

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